Jia Qinglin Starts His Official Goodwill Visit to Brunei
On April 18, 2012, Chairman Jia Qinglin of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital and started his official goodwill visit to Brunei at the invitation of the government of Brunei.
Jia delivered a speech at the airport. He said that China and Brunei are friendly neighbors in tradition. The friendly exchanges between the two peoples have a long history. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 21 years ago, the bilateral political mutual trust has been growing, the economic and trade cooperation has achieved remarkable results, and the two countries have maintained good coordination and cooperation on international and regional issues. Maintaining such friendly relations conforms to not only the fundamental interests of the two peoples but also the stability and development of the region.
Jia said that during the visit to Brunei he would meet with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Speaker of the Parliament Awang Isa and have extensive engagements with friendly personages from different communities in Brunei. Jia hoped that his visit would further deepen the traditional friendship between China and Brunei, uplift the level of mutually beneficial cooperation, and push for new and greater development in the good-neighborly and friendly relations and cooperation between China and Brunei.
Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the CPPCC National Committee Qian Yunlu and other accompanying staff also arrived in Brunei by the same plane. Minister of Education of Brunei Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, some senior officials of Brunei, Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Zheng Xianglin and some Chinese officials were at the airport to greet Jia.
At the time of leaving New Zealand, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Xu Jianguo, and some other officials went to the airport to escort the Chinese delegation.
On the morning of the same day before leaving New Zealand, Jia Qinglin Synlait Milk in Christchurch, the largest joint venture in dairy product in New Zealand. Jia listened to the introductions about the company given by the executives and visited milk tanker loading, product packaging, and fully automatic milk powder production lines. Jia congratulated the joint venture on its achievements made over the past year and more since its founding. He said that New Zealand has well-developed agriculture and animal husbandry. New Zealand is the largest dairy exporter in the world. New Zealand takes the lead in the production, management and quality testing standards for dairy products in the world. Over the years, China has imported more dairy products from New Zealand than from any other countries. There is wide room and promising prospects for the two countries to cooperate in this field. He expressed the hope that the companies of the two sides could seize the opportunity, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, and provide more high-quality dairy products for the two people.
After that, Jia visited the Crowe's Pasture. He went into the homes of the local dairy farmers and chatted with local farmers on the operations of pastures and the cooperation between China and New Zealand in agriculture and animal husbandry.