Locsin lavishes praise on Communist Party of China

By Roy Mabasa

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday praised the Communist Party of China (CPC) for providing a “single hand” direction that led to what their country has achieved, calling it, “democracy married to reason and animated by self-sacrifice.”

In a press statement, Locsin said no other institution anywhere in the world could do what the CPC has done, of providing a hand that is “absent in the western democracy.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. attend a news conference after talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China March 20, 2019. (REUTERS / Thomas Peter / MANILA BULLETIN)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. attend a news conference after talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China March 20, 2019. (REUTERS / Thomas Peter / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The Party’s repeated self-criticism and self-reformation, especially against the corrosive effect of corruption on legitimacy, have assured the Party’s continuing credibility, vibrancy, and relevance as China’s driving force. There is no substitute for it: it is democracy married to reason and animated by self-sacrifice,” Locsin said.

Locsin is currently in Beijing on a four-day visit upon the invitation of his counterpart, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

In an almost two-page speech filled with lavish praises for Beijing, the top Filipino diplomat assured China that the Philippines will look out for the hundreds of Chinese people who are currently here in the country, many of them working in the online gaming industry and construction.

“Thus, you have our assurance that the Philippines will look out for your people in my country as I have seen China look out for our people in yours,” he said.

During their bilateral meeting, Locsin said he discussed with his Chinese counterpart what the two countries have accomplished so far, the differences they have yet to resolve, and the “need to set them aside” in pursuit of a “more enriching and advantageous common goals.”

He said both sides have acknowledged that a lot of work remains to be done to lessen irritants by “seeing them for the small and illusory value they promise” and widen the scope of their productive engagement.

“We are on the cusp of a new world that will be the envy of history because it will be a reversal of the usual history of national self-aggrandizement resulting only in international confrontation which characterized the Great Powers of the past—producing little of lasting value at so much greater regrettable cost,” he noted.

In July 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippine petition to invalidate Beijing’s nine-dash claim in the South China Sea. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, however, opted to set aside the decision and cemented closer relations with Beijing.

 
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