China’s Ambassador to Brunei Yu Hong (2nd L)and spouse as well as Defence Attache Senior Colonel Wu Geng (R) cutting the anniversary cake with the second Minister of Defence YB Pehin Dato Hj Halbi (C) and spouse. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Brunei and China continued to forge stronger defence ties over the years, particularly through the frequent high-level exchanges between military officials and fleets, the state’s Defence Attache to Brunei Senior Colonel Wu Geng said on Monday night.

The latest exchange between both countries includes the delegation sent by Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) to participate in the 70th anniversary celebration of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (LPA) Navy, as well as the China-Southeast Asian Countries joint naval exercise last April.

Speaking at a reception to mark the 92nd anniversary of PLA, Senior Colonel Wu noted that Brunei and China have always enjoyed friendly ties since ancient times and that relationship was strengthened recently as Brunei and China are now official strategic cooperative partners – as a result of Chinese President’s visit to the sultanate last year.

China’s Defence Attache to Brunei Senior Colonel Wu Geng delivering his speech. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

He also outlined several exchanges and cooperation signed between Brunei and China, particularly the Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) project. 

To Wu, the bridge that connects Bruneian main-land to PMB connects not only the joint venture between the two countries, but also the cooperation between their peoples, which will further lead to prosperity for both countries.

“I sincerely hope that I can be a brige of friendship between Brunei and China. And I sincerely hope that the friendship between our two Armed Forces will strengthen continuously,” he said.

Over 300 guests from the government, private agencies and diplomatic corps attended the event.  Present as the guest of honour was the second Minister of Defence Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Md Yussof and his wife.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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