Wang Yi, the Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei, Ariwan, in Jakarta on July 12. During the meeting, Wang Yi emphasized the deepening political mutual trust between China and Brunei and the positive contributions made by the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative to the development of both countries.
Wang Yi highlighted that this year marks the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership between China and Brunei, which presents new opportunities for further development. He expressed China’s willingness to work with Brunei to implement the important consensus reached by the heads of state, strengthen development strategy integration, deepen cooperation in all aspects, and promote the continuous advancement of bilateral relations for the benefit of both nations.
Moreover, Wang Yi stated that China has always advocated for the equality of all countries, regardless of their size, and prioritizes diplomacy with neighboring nations. He mentioned that China, twenty years ago, responded to the desires of ASEAN countries and became the first country to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia. This decision significantly improved bilateral relations and supported the centrality of ASEAN. As a dialogue partner of ASEAN, China is encouraged by the enhanced status and influence of the organization. Wang Yi expressed China’s readiness to collaborate with ASEAN countries in various fields, accelerate negotiations on an upgraded version of the free trade area, and collectively address global challenges.
Minister Ariwan expressed that His Majesty the Sultan values the friendship with President Xi Jinping, and their guidance has led to the robust development of the Brunei-China strategic cooperative partnership. He expressed the desire to fully utilize the intergovernmental joint steering committee of both countries to expand cooperation in diverse areas. Ariwan also praised China as a true friend of ASEAN and commended its leadership and exemplary role in ASEAN’s relations with major countries. Brunei is committed to actively promoting ASEAN-China cooperation.
The meeting between Wang Yi and Minister Ariwan reflects the strong bilateral relations between China and Brunei and their mutual commitment to further cooperation. The discussions also underscore China’s support for ASEAN and its dedication to strengthening regional cooperation in Southeast Asia.