BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah has praised China for its contribution to the global economy.
According to local media on Wednesday, in a speech delivered during the opening ceremony of the 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS), the monarch welcomed more cooperation between ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and China in implementing measures that promote Asia as an engine of growth in the global economy.
The Sultan also applauded the 14th CAEXPO for establishing itself as a premier event that has showcased the resilient economic and trade ties between ASEAN and China.
As ASEAN marks the 50th anniversary of its establishment this year, the Sultan observed that throughout much of ASEAN's existence, it has worked closely with China in promoting peace and stability in Southeast Asia, as well as in working towards further economic development and integration.
Expressing appreciation to China for its consistent support of ASEAN's economic endeavors, the monarch said the regional grouping is stepping up its efforts in securing the maximum benefits that can be obtained from an economically integrated region.