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H.E. Mr. Min Yongnian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, Attends the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Brunei-China Friendship Association

The Evening Gala (Ambassador Min-4th from the left, Princess Masna 5th from the right)

H.E. Mr. Min Yongnian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, attended at invitation, on 8th January 2011, the evening gala celebrating the 5th anniversary of the founding of the Brunei-China Friendship Association (BCFA). Among the more-than-260-strong attendees were H.R.H. Princess Masna, Ambassador-at-large at the Bruneian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Y.B. Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Brunei's Minister II of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Y.B. Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Brunei's Minister of Development, Y.B. Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Brunei's Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Y.B. Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, Brunei's Minister II of Finance at the Prime Minister's Office, Y.D. Pehin Dato Laila Major General (R) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Halbi bin Haji Md Yusof, Brunei's Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Directors, ASEAN countries' envoys in Bandar Seri Begawan, and local Chinese community leaders and representatives.

Group Photo (Ambassador Min-5th from the left in the front, Pehin Yahya-5th from the right in the front)

When delivering a keynote speech on behalf of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, H.R.H. Princess Masna spoke highly of the centuries-long Brunei-China friendship which saw refreshed healthy and steady development in the past two decades, and of contributions made by the BCFA to the people-to-people friendship. The Bruneian Government welcomes more Chinese investments and wishes to enhance the bilateral cooperation in economy and trade. Both sides were expected to further advance the bilateral and ASEAN-China relations by seizing the good opportunities of the 20th anniversaries of Brunei-China diplomatic ties and ASEAN-China dialogue partnership.

Princess Masna Addressed the Gala            Ambassador Min Adressed the Gala

H.E. Ambassador Min expressed, in his address, his warmest congratulations to the 5th anniversary of the founding of the BCFA, and his appreciations to the BCFA's contributions in enhancing mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples and promoting cooperation and exchanges in various fields between the two countries. He then stressed the great importance attached by the Chinese Government towards the good neighborly, cooperative, and win-win relations between China and Brunei, pointing out that the bilateral relations mainly featuring mutual respect and mutual trust have set a good example showcasing how countries treat each other as equals and co-exist peacefully. He reiterated China's willingness and readiness to make joint efforts with Brunei to elevate the China-Brunei and China-ASEAN relations to new highs by seizing the opportunities of the 20th anniversaries of the China-Brunei diplomatic ties and China-ASEAN dialogue partnership. His address was then followed by the presenting of a congratulatory banner reading "a people-to-people envoy and bridge of friendship" to the BCFA.

President Kamaruddin Addressed the Gala           Ambassador Liu Addressed the Gala

After H.E. Ambassador Min's address were addresses respectively from H.E. Dr. Haji Kamaruddin bin Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib, President of the BCFA, and H.E. Mr. Liu Xinsheng, 1st resident Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, who then read the congratulatory message jointly issued by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the China-ASEAN Association, and the China-Brunei Friendship Association.

Cake-cutting Ceremony                              Banner Presenting by Ambassador Min

Both the hosts and guests watched a photo exhibition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the founding of the BCFA before the gala. The BCFA, one of the most important platforms for Brunei's people-to-people friendly intercommunications with China, was established in 2005, when H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, paid a state visit to Brunei Darussalam.

Princess Masna and Her Husband (in the front) Watched the Exhibition

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