China ready to usher in new ‘golden age’ with Philippines: Chinese FM

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Manila on Wednesday that China is willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation with the Philippines to usher in a new “golden age” in bilateral relations.

During his visit to the Philippines, Wang met with Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, becoming the first senior diplomat to be received by Marcos, who was sworn in last Thursday, and other senior officials.

Wang is on a tour of Asia, which takes her to Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. He co-chaired the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation foreign ministers’ meeting on Monday in Myanmar.

China ready to work with new Philippine administration

China firmly supports the governance of the new Philippine administration and is willing to cooperate with the Philippine side in the four key areas of agriculture, infrastructure, energy and humanities, said the Chinese State Councilor. and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang made the remarks when meeting with Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos and other senior officials in the Philippines.

Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping’s cordial greetings to Marcos and hoped the two heads of state would lead bilateral relations and provide strategic guidance.

Noting that cooperation between China and the Philippines goes far beyond their maritime differences, Wang said the two sides should avoid defining bilateral relations by specific disputes and not let individual differences disrupt cooperation. bilateral.

President Marcos has said many times that any difference should not and will not affect the historically important relationship between the two countries, which China stands by, the Chinese foreign minister said.

For his part, Marcos asked Wang Yi to send his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping and thanked the presence of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan at his presidential inauguration ceremony on June 30.

Describing China as the Philippines’ most important partner, Marcos said the Philippines hopes to continuously advance bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas, including politics, economy, trade, education and culture, and enrich the strategic partnership.

Noting that the Philippines pursues a peaceful and independent foreign policy and always adheres to the “one China policy”, Macros said the South China Sea issue should not limit bilateral cooperation. The Philippines is ready to have frank exchanges with China to find an amicable solution.

When meeting with Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio, Wang said China will deepen cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, energy and people-to-people exchanges with the Philippines. Duterte-Carpio, who is also education minister, said his country hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in education.

“No colonial plunder”

During his meeting with Philippine national security adviser Clarita Carlos, Wang said China will never follow in the footsteps of traditional powers that have engaged in colonial plunder.

China will adhere to its peaceful development and mutually beneficial cooperation while sharing development opportunities with neighboring countries, jointly building a community with a shared future for mankind and taking good care of the global village, he said. declared.

Wang said China and the Philippines are neighbors who have no choice but to stick to their friendship. Healthy, sustained and stable China-Philippines relations serve the fundamental and long-term interests of the two countries and their peoples.

The two sides should continue their traditional friendship, make China-Philippines relations more solid and stronger, and keep their development on the right track, Wang said.

Wang also held talks with Philippine Foreign Minister Luis Enrique Manalo on Wednesday. The two foreign ministers attended a signing ceremony of cooperation documents between the two countries.

(Contributed by Xinhua)

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