China is building a new headquarters for its diplomatic mission to Brunei – with a ground-breaking event held to officially mark the beginning of its construction at the Diplomatic Enclave, Jalan Kebangsaan earlier today.
The building which is to be built on an area of 10,000 sq metres is set to accommodate enough spaces for office and consular buildings, ambassador’s residence, staff apartments and ancillary houses.
The new embassy premise is scheduled to be completed within three years time, with Shantou Jian’an (Group) Co as its main contractor – under the supervision of Hebei Zhong Yuan Construction Project Management Company Limited.
China first established diplomatic relations with Brunei in 1991, and built its first embassy in December 1993. The foreign mission then went on to rent two pieces of lands in 2004 and 2011 successively to accommodate its growing diplomatic tasks.
“After years of investigation, designing, budget application and approval, today we are very happy to be able to (start the construction),” Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yu Hong said.
“Commencing the construction today, we hope the Bruneian government will continue giving their support to ensure the smooth running of the project,
“We also hope (those who are involved with the construction) could make thoughtful decisions, work safely but with quality and be diligent so we can be ahead of our scheduled completion,” she added.
Present to grace the ceremony was the Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and her spouse, Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar.
Also present was China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Luo Zhaohui.
Waqiuddin Rajak | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN