By Roy Mabasa
Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his sincere congratulations and best wishes to President Rodrigo Duterte on his birthday on March 28.
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In his congratulatory letter, President Xi noted the “turnaround” of the relationship between the Philippines and China which are “being further consolidated and deepened.”
“Our bilateral relations have enjoyed ongoing betterment and improvement and reaped productive outcomes, which brought tangible benefits to our two peoples and promoted peace and stability of the region,” the Chinese leader said his letter.
He also cited their meeting “on quite a few occasions” during which they “reached important consensus on advancing China-Philippines relations and deepening practical cooperation, and set the course for the future growth of our bilateral relations.”
“I attach great significance to the growth of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you to carry forward sustained and in-depth growth of China-Philippines relations and bring about more benefits to our countries and peoples,” said Xi.