09/14/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 20:39
BEIJING - President Xi Jinping held talks with Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Beijing on Sept 13, with the two agreeing to promote cooperation within the Belt and Road Initiative, and work for stronger bilateral ties.
'China appreciates Brunei's efforts in strengthening China-ASEAN relations, and hopes to align the Belt and Road Initiative with ASEAN's development plan,' Xi said.
Calling the two countries close neighbors across the sea, mutually reliable friends and partners, Xi said the two countries have established strategic cooperative ties, cemented political mutual trust, and achieved fruitful cooperation over the years.
This year marks the start of the second 25 years of China-Brunei diplomatic relations. China-Brunei ties are at a key stage of development, Xi said, adding China is ready to share governance experience with Brunei, synergize their development strategies, and promote closer cooperation in various areas.
He called on both sides to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen political mutual trust and support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns.
Xi appreciated Brunei's support for the Belt and Road Initiative. The two leaders agreed to boost closer cooperation in such areas as infrastructure, energy, halal food, agriculture, fishery, and the digital economy.
President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 13, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]
He asked the two countries to cement defense and law-enforcement cooperation, as well as exchanges in education, sports, public health, tourism, media and other areas.
The two countries should enhance cooperation in regional and international affairs, and coordination in frameworks such as the United Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Xi said.