His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China reaffirmed their political resolve to enhance the bilateral relations of both countries through cooperation and collaboration across many areas guided by the principles and spirits encompassed within the Memorandum of Understanding between Brunei Darussalam and the People's Republic of China signed in 1991. The affirmation was underlined in a Joint Statement issued in conjunction with His Excellency's State Visit to the country. In the Joint Statement, the two Leaders also reaffirmed their mutual respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

Both sides agreed to maintain frequent high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic partnership and bilateral relations, and exchange views on regional and international issues. The two sides will make good use of bilateral mechanism at all levels to coordinate and advance bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Both sides agreed to work together to further strengthen the synergy of their respective national development strategies. China will further support the sustainable development of Brunei Darussalam's economy and its diversification endeavours.

His Majesty and His Excellency agreed to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment cooperation, work closely to implement the Memorandum of Understanding on strengthening infrastructure cooperation, push forward the cooperation on the Hengyi Industries Sendirian Berhad refinery and petrochemical plant on Pulau Muara Besar.

The two Leaders spoke positively of the development of ASEAN-China relations and welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030 during the recent 21st ASEAN-China Summit. Bandar Seri Begawan welcomed China's continued commitment to support ASEAN's centrality in the evolving regional architecture and China's positive participation in and contribution to the various ASEAN-led processes.

China reiterated its desire to further enhance its cooperation with the BIMP-EAGA and expressed support for Brunei Darussalam's role as a hub within the BIMP-EAGA sub-region.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace, stability and security, and the importance of continuing exercising self-restraint by all parties.

The Joint Statement also underlined both sides agreement to strengthen coordination and cooperation under various multilateral frameworks, including the promotion of international relations based on mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation.

Bandar Seri Begawan and Beijing will also continue to exchange views on major international issues like the reform of the United Nations and its Security Council as well as Climate Change.

At the end of the Joint Statement, both leaders agreed that the successful visit of President Xi Jinping was of strategic importance to the deepening of Brunei Darussalam-China relations.

Source: Radio Television Brunei