By Erma Edera
New Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said that the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the ruling party in the Philippines, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) should share their government practices and to have more interaction to improve the capacity for governance in their countries.
The Chinese embassy said the envoy made the statement in a speech during the thematic briefing on the Fourth Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati on Friday.
“Ambassador Huang expressed that as ruling political parties of developing countries, both CPC and the ruling political coalition led by the PDP-Laban shoulder great responsibilities to further develop their countries and improve the capacity for governance,” the embassy said in a statement.
He said that importance of sharing experiences of governance would “serve the people better”.
As the Philippines and China will mark their 45th year of diplomatic relations next year, the envoy said he was “ready to make all efforts to work together and further promote high-level exchanges, facilitate practical cooperation and enhance mutual trust and understanding between the two countries.”
Huang also said that he would work on enhancing “mutual trust and understanding” between the two countries because he believed that PH and China’s relationship “are bound to deliver more fruitful outcomes.”
Present during the event were PDP-Laban president Senator Koko Pimentel, House Deputy Speaker Rep. Dong Gonzales Jr., vice president for International Affairs of PDP-Laban Secretary Raul Lambino, leaders of the Nacionalista Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Lakas-CMD, and National Unity Party, and members of the Filipino-Chinese community.
The meeting was also attended by Wang Ning, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee.
A diplomat with more than three decades of experience and expertise in Asia and Southeast Asia, the new envoy arrived in Manila last December 3 to assume the post last held by Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, who was ambassador to the Philippines for five years.