chapter  13
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Brunei and China: distant relations

Membership also gave Brunei a greater voice in regional affairs, and the Sultanate was comfortable with ASEAN’s anti-communist, or at least noncommunist, credentials. The second priority was to nurture close ties with advanced industrial countries and major trading partners such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Japan and West Germany. The third priority was to cultivate ties with fellow Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.2