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Chinese president, Bruneian Sultan discuss bilateral ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) meets with Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah in Vladivostok, Russia, Sept. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah discussed bilateral ties here Friday, seeking to advance their cooperation within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Hu and Hassanal met on the sidelines of the annual Economic Leader's Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), slated for Saturday and Sunday.

Bilateral relations, Hu said, had maintained sound momentum and China attached importance to its good-neighborly and friendly ties of cooperation with Brunei.

Noting Brunei was carrying out a strategy of economic diversification, Hu said China was also picking up the pace of industrial upgrading and expanding investment overseas.

The two countries should consider each other's characteristics, advantages and development strategies while expanding ties, so as to support each other and realize common development, Hu said.

China, Hu said, was ready to work with Brunei to maintain high-level contacts, beef up trade and economic cooperation, push forward with infrastructure construction projects, carry out energy cooperation and expand cultural exchanges to advance bilateral ties to a higher level.

Hassanal agreed with Hu's remarks on bilateral relations, saying the Brunei-China relationship had witnessed sound development and the two countries had maintained close high-level contacts, which had greatly lifted bilateral cooperation on both governmental and non-governmental levels.

He thanked Beijing for its assistance to Brunei in the development of agricultural and fishing projects, adding that, with more Chinese investment in his country, two-way trade had exceeded the previous target set by the two countries.

Hassanal also expressed his hope that cooperation between enterprises in the two countries would be advanced in the areas of investment, energy and petrochemicals.

He reiterated Brunei's adherence to the one-China policy.

The Chinese president said the international landscape was undergoing profound and complicated changes, with many destabilizing factors and uncertainties plaguing the world economy.

Amid the challenges, Asian countries should carry out sincere cooperation in a bid to achieve a win-win scenario and common development, Hu said.

China, he said, supported ASEAN's role as a leading force in East Asia cooperation and backed the process of ASEAN integration.

Noting the two countries had maintained sound coordination within the framework of ASEAN-China cooperation, Hu said China would spare no effort to support Brunei in its capacity as the rotating ASEAN chair and was ready to maintain close contacts with Brunei to push forward regional cooperation.

On the South China Sea issue, Hu said it was a chronic headache and all the parties concerned believed that it was in their common interests to properly handle the issue through dialogue and consultation.

China was ready to work with ASEAN countries to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), advance practical cooperation and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region.

Hassanal said his country was willing to work with China in promoting ASEAN-China relations and carrying out close cooperation with China and ASEAN to implement the DOC.

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