By Wang Fengjuan
On November 15, the launch ceremony of Splendid Chapters of Silk Road Cultures Exhibition and Brunei Special Edition of China Report ASEAN magazine took place in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei Darussalam. The event is co-sponsored by the State Council Information Office (SCIO) of the People’s Republic of China, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei and the Chinese Embassy in Brunei, and co-organized by China International Publishing Group (CIPG), Brunei Museums Department and Brunei-China Friendship Association. Vice Minister of SCIO Guo Weimin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yang Jian, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of CIPG Chen Shi, Acting Director of Brunei Museums Department Awang Haji Mohamad Jefri bin Haji Sabli, President of the Brunei-China Friendship Association Dr Muhammad Firdaus Abdul, and other distinguished guests from both countries attended the ceremony.
New Chapters of Silk Road Cultures
In his speech at the ceremony, Guo Weimin said that China and Brunei have been good partners and good friends. In recent years, with the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, the bilateral exchanges have become ever closer with pragmatic cooperation in various fields. President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to Brunei will definitely further promote the friendship between the two countries. He hoped that the exhibition will provide an opportunity for the Bruneian people to get a glimpse of the beautiful and idyllic landscapes of China and understand the friendship and sincerity of the Chinese people as well as the rapid and vigorous development of China. In the new era, he said, China stands ready to work with Brunei to write splendid chapters of Silk Road cultures featuring peaceful development and common prosperity.
Ambassador Yang said that the ancient Silk Road was not only a trade route for goods, but also a bridge that facilitated people-to-people exchanges and communication between the countries along the route. More importantly, the Silk Road promoted cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between different countries in the world. Today we are ready to join hands with our partners in building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road towards common prosperity.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN strategic partnership, and the 5th anniversary of the introduction of the Belt and Road Initiative. The ancient Maritime Silk Road not only helped China and Brunei achieve their glory in history, but also connected the two countries by establishing a profound friendship between the two peoples. The long-lasting friendship has continued to merge with the modern Maritime Silk Road spirit, injecting new impetus into the friendship between the two countries. The exhibition consists of four parts－Bonds of Friendship, Along the Maritime Silk Road, People-to-People Connectivity, Uniqueness and Diversity. Nearly 100 pictures taken by photographers from both countries showcase the beautiful scenery and cultures of both countries and tell moving stories about the traditional friendship and exchanges between the two peoples.
New Vitality of Intangible Cultural Heritage
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the demonstration and interactive experience of Chinese intangible cultural heritage such as embroidery and porcelain. A 3-meter-long scroll of hand embroidery featuring the national flowers of all the ASEAN member states illustrates their traditional friendship. “Mosque on the Water”, a hand embroidery art work of Bruneian culture, attracts numerous visitors. The ancient pottery and porcelain wares on display have been given a modern touch thanks to the combination of ancient skills and modern innovation. Visitors are captivated by the sophisticated art and handicrafts.
Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin took a close look at the contents of each exhibition area. A cloisonné painting captured his attention. When he scanned the painting with his mobile phone, he saw a video clip of cloisonné production. He believed that the application of this kind of technology will give visitors better interactive experience. He hoped that the two sides will strengthen their cooperation in promoting cultural and creative products.
Brunei Special Edition a New Bridge
At the same ceremony, distinguished guests from China and Brunei jointly unveiled the Brunei special edition of China Report ASEAN.
In his speech, Guo said that the special edition will serve as a new bridge to further strengthen the people-to-people connectivity between the two countries.
China Report ASEAN is an English monthly magazine dedicated to ASEAN readers, focusing on the friendly cooperation between China and ASEAN in the fields of politics, economy and trade, culture, people-to-people exchanges, and so on. The special edition features an exclusive interview with Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yang Jian alongside other articles in sections such as Top Talk, Focus, Business & Industry and People, the special edition focuses on the long history of bilateral friendship, economic and trade cooperation, cultural exchanges and innovation and development vitality.
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