President Xi Jinping Exchanges Congratulations with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte On 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

On 9 June, President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte exchanged congratulatory messages on the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines.

Xi noted in his message that China and the Philippines are neighbors with time-honored friendship. Over the past 45 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, bilateral relations between the two sides have come a long way. In recent years, in particular, the two countries have deepened political mutual trust, expanded cooperation across the board and achieved fruitful outcomes in Belt and Road cooperation. In this way, the bilateral relationship has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples and contributed to regional stability and development.

Xi underlined that as both China and the Philippines are at a crucial stage of development, there is great cooperation prospects between them. Xi reaffirmed his commitment to bilateral relations, and expressed readiness to work with Duterte to bring the relationship of comprehensive strategic cooperation to a new high. Xi also said that the Chinese side feels keenly for the Philippines which is battling COVID-19, and stands ready to work with the Philippine side to tide over the trying times.

Duterte recognized the centuries-old bonds of amity and kinship between the Filipino and Chinese people in his message. He noted that since 1975 when the diplomatic ties began, the friendly relations between the two countries have grown from strength to strength. As the world continues to face challenges to security and stability, and with the rise of non-traditional and emerging threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic, further strengthening Philippines-China partnership takes on even greater significance. Viewing China as a close neighbor and valued friend, the Philippines will continue to uphold the principles of peaceful co-existence and mutually beneficial cooperation, deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperation with China and promote greater peace, progress and prosperity of the two nations.

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