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Bandar Seri Begawan, Tuesday, 26th October 2021

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, this morning chaired the 24th ASEAN-China Summit, held virtually via video conferences from Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman.

At the 24th ASEAN-China Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chairman for 2021 expressed appreciation for China’s donations of vaccines and medical supplies to ASEAN Member States, including Brunei Darussalam.

His Majesty highlighted that China has continued to play a crucial role in the long-term development of the region, which is evident through cooperation in various areas, ranging from economic, people-to-people exchanges, and recently, pandemic response.

In this regard, His Majesty looked forward to the Special Summit to Commemorate 30 Years of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations in November 2021, which will be a good opportunity to reflect on ASEAN-China partnership for the last 30 years, and chart the way to a new level of relations that will benefit the people and region.

His Majesty also expressed the importance for China, with its vast technical expertise, to support ASEAN by preparing its people with the skills and tools needed to capitalise on, and benefit from, the digital economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Finally, His Majesty emphasized the need for ASEAN and China to continue to uphold multilateralism and international law, including the U.N. Charter and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Meanwhile, His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China in his statement, emphasised China’s commitment to multilateralism, anti-COVID cooperation, promotion of economic growth and business cooperation as well as to uphold regional architectures centered around ASEAN. ASEAN stands as a priority of China’s diplomacy in ASEAN integration and centrality.

His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN delivered the ASEAN Common Statement on ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, which underscored the support for maintaining ASEAN centrality and unity in the evolving regional architecture as well as the importance of multilateralism, regionalism and international law in promoting regional peace and prosperity. ASEAN and China welcomed positive progress in several cooperation areas such as combatting transnational crime; trade and economy; and education. His Excellency also acknowledged China’s proposal to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership with ASEAN.

At the Summit, the leaders appreciated China’s generous contributions towards COVID-19 recovery including the provision of vaccines, medical supplies and technical expertise. ASEAN and China are each other’s largest trading partners and to this end, Leaders hoped to upgrade the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, in efforts to adhere to the multilateral trading system. 

At the end of the Summit, Joint Statement on Cooperation in Support of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework; dan Joint Statement on Enhancing Green and Sustainable Development Cooperation were adopted.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984