BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yu Hong has arrived in the sultanate as both countries look to strengthen bilateral ties.
Yu replaces Yang Jian who served as the Chinese Ambassador to Brunei from January 2015 until last year.
Upon arriving at the Brunei International Airport on Tuesday, Yu told Xinhua that "As a friendly neighbour, the Chinese government and its people are sincerely happy to see the development and prosperity of Brunei."
Yu went on citing the long friendship and history shared between the two nations which span nearly two thousand years and date back to China's Western Han Dynasty.
"The Tomb of the King of Boni in Nanjing and Jalan Ong Sum Ping in Bandar Seri Begawan witnessed our traditional friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, bilateral relations are developing very fast and smoothly, characterized by mutual respect and mutual support," she said.
"Led by the leaders of the two countries and with the joint efforts of the two countries, China-Brunei relations have entered a new stage and is now faced with historical opportunity for further development," said the ambassador.
"I look forward to working with the Bruneian side to consolidate and enrich China-Brunei strategic cooperative partnership, bring more benefits to the two peoples, and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity," she said.