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Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Bruneian Sultan Hassanal

On November 21, 2011, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the palace.

During the talks, Wen first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from President Hu Jintao to Sultan Hassanal. Wen said the two countries are traditionally friendly neighbors. Since China and Brunei established diplomatic ties 20 years ago, the two countries have respected each other, treated each other as equals and had friendly exchanges, injecting impetus to bilateral ties, Wen said. China and Brunei have also worked to promote regional peace, stability and prosperity, he added. China-Brunei relationship is an example of harmonious coexistence and common development between big and small countries.

China is willing to maintain high-level exchanges, enhance communication and coordination on major issues and strengthen political mutual trust to promote bilateral ties, Wen said. China supports Brunei's efforts to diversify its economy, he said, adding the two parties should enhance cooperation in trade and investment through economic and trade consultation mechanisms. China is willing to actively participate in Brunei's infrastructure construction, and expand energy cooperation from oil and gas to both upstream and downstream of the energy industry, said Wen. China is ready to broaden cooperation in agriculture, fisheries, new energy and renewable energy resources, he added. The premier also said the two sides should take the opportunity of the China-Brunei Friendship Year to promote traditional friendship and enhance exchanges and cooperation in such areas as education, tourism, media and youth.

The sultan asked Wen to convey his cordial greetings and good wishes to President Hu. He said relations between Brunei and China have been greatly improved since the two countries established diplomatic ties 20 years ago and the two sides have carried out fruitful cooperation in various fields. Brunei highly values its relations with China and steadfastly adheres to the one-China policy, he said. Brunei is ready to work with China to promote pragmatic cooperation in an all-round manner based on mutual respect and peaceful coexistence so as to push bilateral ties to a higher level and benefit the two peoples, he added.

On East Asia cooperation, Wen said that currently the cooperation has good momentum and it is necessary to stick to the theme of unity, cooperation and development and continue to uphold the leading role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Wen also stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between China and ASEAN (10+1) as well as cooperation between ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (10+3), and properly handling disputes over maritime rights and interests. He called for efforts to push East Asia cooperation for sound, steady development.

The sultan said the friendly cooperation between China and ASEAN has promoted peaceful development of the region. During the latest series of meetings for East Asian leaders in Bali of Indonesia, ASEAN members had expressed their wishes to strengthen strategic cooperative partnership with China, he noted, saying Brunei will continue to play a positive role in this regard.

After the meeting, Wen and the sultan attended a signing ceremony for bilateral cooperation documents.

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