Xi tells Duterte: China ready to bring ties with PH to 'new levels'

Published April 9, 2022, 9:57 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his country maintains the continuity and stability in its policy toward the Philippines, saying China is willing to work to bring the relationship between the two nations to “new levels.”

File photo of President Duterte being greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 25, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The Chinese Embassy in Manila issued this statement following the phone conversation between President Duterte and President Xi on Friday, April 8.

In a Facebook post, the Embassy said that Xi lauded how both countries have followed the critical consensus reached between him and Duterte over the past six years.

“[Both sides] have persisted in promoting good-neighborly friendship and cooperation, properly handling differences, working together for common development, and getting rid of interference in bilateral ties, which is demonstrating a new situation of vigorous development,” Xi said.

According to the Chinese Embassy, the Chinese leader likewise looked forward to working with the Philippines in enhancing their bilateral relations.

“Xi stressed that China maintains the continuity and stability in its policy toward the Philippines, and is willing to work with the country to promote sustained and sound development of the bilateral relations so as to reach new levels,” the Embassy’s statement read.

According to Xi, China is ready to promote the construction of significant projects and expand cooperation in trade, investment, education, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges with the Philippines.

“China will also import more quality products from the Philippines, encourage Chinese enterprises to invest and do business in the Philippines, and contribute to the modernization process of the Philippines,” he added.

The Philippines and China have established a comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship, have deepened the ties between the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the plan of “Build, Build, Build,” and jointly promoted cooperation in major programs such as infrastructure construction, with bilateral trade volume doubled during the period.

Covid-19

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Xi said that the two countries have stood by each other, safeguarded the safety of the people’s lives in both countries and their health, and worked to maintain the stability of the regional industrial and supply chains.

“The Chinese side stands ready to continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines if needed and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the research and development of specific drugs and in public health capacity building,” the Chinese leader said.

Stability, security

According to Xi, the two sides’ properly handling of the South China Sea issue has provided an essential foundation for the Philippines-China friendly cooperation, benefited the two countries, and effectively safeguarded regional peace and stability.

He stressed that the development of the current international situation has once again proved that regional security could not be achieved by strengthening military alliances.

“The Chinese side is ready to work with the Philippines and other regional countries to uphold the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security; take firm control over regional security, and jointly safeguard the hard-won peace and stability in the region so as to build a community with a shared future for mankind,” he added.

 
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