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Premier Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Stressing to Further Uplift Level of China-Brunei Strategic Cooperation
2013/10/11

On the morning of 11 October local time, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council held official talks with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei at the Royal Palace of Brunei.

Li Keqiang said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to developing strategic cooperative relations with Brunei and is ready to further uplift the level of bilateral strategic cooperation. First, to keep close high-level exchanges and to strengthen coordination on bilateral as well as major international and regional issues. Second, to deepen practical cooperation, to promote rapid growth of bilateral trade, to push forward infrastructure construction cooperation and to expand cooperation on agriculture and fishery. Third, to advance energy cooperation, to explore cooperation in the fields of oil and gas development, refining and oilfield services, to effectively implement the consensus reached between China and Brunei on the joint development of the South China Sea, and to support businesses of the two countries for the joint exploration and exploitation of offshore oil and gas resources so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win outcomes. Fourth, to keep close people-to-people and cultural exchanges in order to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the people of both sides and to carry forward bilateral friendship from generation to generation.

Li Keqiang appreciated Brunei which holds the rotating presidency of ASEAN for the role in promoting healthy and stable development of China-ASEAN relations. He looks forward to Brunei continuing to make new contributions for this.

Haji Hassanal Bolkiah expressed that Brunei-China relations enjoy sound development with fruitful bilateral cooperation in all fields. China is an important cooperative partner of Brunei and has made important contributions to maintaining regional peace, stability and prosperity. Brunei is ready to further enhance strategic communication with China, to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and to uplift the level of bilateral relations. The energy enterprises of the two countries have carried out sound cooperation. Brunei is ready to further boost bilateral maritime cooperation with China to achieve common development. Brunei will continue to make positive efforts for pushing for the development of ASEAN-China relations.

Following the talks, the two leaders jointly attended the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents including the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Brunei Darussalam on Maritime Cooperation and the Agreement between China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Brunei National Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad on Establishing Joint Venture in the Field of Oilfield Services. Both sides issued the Joint Statement between the People's Republic of China and Brunei Darussalam.

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