Push for stronger Brunei-Chinacultural ties

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ORGANISERS vowed to promote stronger cultural exchanges between Brunei and China during yesterday’s closing of the first Chinese Cultural Camp at Chung Hwa Middle School (CHMS) here.

Close to 300 primary and secondary CHMS students, belonging to different races, took part in the eight-day camp, which saw them honing their skills in Chinese traditional dances, handicrafts, musical instruments, calligraphy and wushu.

Organised by China’s Embassy in Brunei and the China Overseas Exchange Association in collaboration with CHMS, Guangdong Overseas Exchange Association and the Huizhou Overseas Exchange Association, the camp saw the students coached by 12 teachers from Huizhou.

Speaking at the cultural camp closing, CHMS board member Ting Jack Hing said the education programme aims to introduce the charm of oriental culture and the essence of Chinese education, and to inspire and encourage teamwork among the participants.

“It is hoped that the (camp) has improved the ties and contributed positively to a better bilateral relationship between China and Brunei,” Ting said.

“Such relationship will further expedite more cultural exchange and collaboration in an attempt to facilitate the development of Chinese education in Brunei,” he added.

China Ambassador to Brunei Yang Jian acknowledged the ongoing shaping of the world into a “global village as one community of shared destiny”.

“In this broad picture, China needs to know more about the world, and the world also needs to know better about China. And cultural exchange is the best way to enhance mutual understanding and bridge us together,” she added.

According to Huizhou Overseas Exchange Association Vice-president You Xiao Hui, the Chinese Cultural Camp is a signature event of the “Cultural China Series” organised by the China Overseas Exchange Association.

She also said the camp aims to enrich the school holidays of overseas students and to bridge the gap between different nations involving the oriental culture.

Present as guest of honour yesterday was Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman.

Also present were other ambassadors to Brunei, CHMS Principal Kho Guik Lan, parents and students.

Guests enjoyed various performances courtesy of the camp participants before viewing an exhibition of handicrafts and calligraphy works done by the students.

The Brunei Times