The Philippines will continue to pursue a mutually beneficial bilateral relations with China, President Rodrigo Duterte said before the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated Wednesday.
“Thank you to the Federation for being a partner in promoting economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the Philippines and China. As we approach the 50th Anniversary of Philippines-China ties, [our] win-win cooperation will ensure that our relations remain a partnership for greater peace, progress and prosperity,” the President said in a video message for the 46th anniversary of the Philippine-China Relations and the 20th anniversary of the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day.
“Today’s celebration reminds us of the deep and abiding friendship between the Filipino-Chinese peoples. It is a bond that predates by centuries, the formal establishment of diplomatic relations 46 years ago,” he added.
Duterte has consistently called China a dependable friend especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, majority of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine supply were either donated by China or procured from Chinese company Sinovac.
Likewise, the President has said that he will only send gray ships to the West Philippine Sea once China drills oil within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
Philippine patrols have been reporting presence of Chinese vessels within the country’s exclusive economic zone in West Philippine Sea but presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has maintained that the Chinese will eventually leave.—LDF, GMA News
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