MCYS Minister YB Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin (C) being presented a gift by Chinese Ambassador to Brunei, Yu Hong (L) and spouse during the Reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s republic of China held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club on 24/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

A reception dinner was held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club last night to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Attending the event as the guest of honour was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.

Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yu Hong in her welcoming speech lauded Brunei-China friendship, which has been developing at an ‘accelerated pace and full of vitality’ especially as both countries will be celebrating the Brunei-China Tourism Year next year.

Chinese Ambassador to Brunei, Yu Hong delivering her remarks during the Reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s republic of China held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club on 24/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The ambassador added that her embassy will also be working with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism to host several events including the Wushu and Taiji performance today as a warm up to the tourism year.

Yu noted some key milestones that have helped strengthen the relationship between the two countries, including Chines President Xi Jinping’s state visit to sultanate last year, where both heads of states elevated Brunei-China relations to a Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

“Early this month, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna visited China and attended the completion ceremony of the new memorial park of the Tomb of the King of Boni in China’s Nanjing City,” the ambassador said.

Guests having a look at the at a photo exhibition during the Reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s republic of China held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club on 24/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Speaking on the development of China since the reform and opening up in 1978, the foreign envoy noted how China’s economy has grown rapidly, ranking first in terms of goods trade and industrial products.

“The industrial products from China accounts for 25 per cent of the global total. China is also the second largest destination for foreign direct investment”.

The reception continued with a cake-cutting ceremony by the guest of honour, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports along with the ambassador and her spouse.

A preview for the Night of Chinese Cultural Tourism was also staged by a performance group from the Henan province, where guests were entertained with feats of Chinese Wushu and Taiji.

Martial artists performing Chinese Wushu and Taiji during the Reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s republic of China held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club on 24/09/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BRUNEI-MUARA

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