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Xi Jinping Meets Philippine President Duterte
2019-08-30

Beijing, August 29 (Xinhua)— Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Philippine President Fidel Duterte at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on the evening of August 29 .

 

On the evening of August 29, President Xi Jinping met with Philippine President Fidel Duterte at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. (Xinhua/ Pang Xinglei) 

 

Xi welcomed President Duterte to visit and watch the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Xi Jinping said that since you took office three years ago, thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, Sino-Philippine relations have been smoothly turned around, consolidated and enhanced, and solid results have been continuously achieved. At present, the international and regional situation has undergone profound and complex changes, but peace, development, cooperation and win-win progress remain an irresistible trend of the times. I am ready to work with you to continue to grasp the current situation from a strategic and long-term perspective and lead the development of China-Philippines relations.This will not only benefit the two countries and two peoples, but will also add positive energy to regional peace and stability.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that the “Belt and Road Initiative” should continue to be aligned with the Philippine program of “major construction projects” and implement major cooperation projects in infrastructure construction, industrial parks, telecommunications, energy and other fields. China is ready to import more Philippine high-quality fruits and agricultural product, and will send experts to that Philippines to teach them about agriculture and fishery technology. On human rights and other issues, China will continue to firmly support the Philippines in its efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and resist external interference.

 

On the evening of August 29, President Xi Jinping met with Philippine President Fidel Duterte at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. (Xinhua / Shen Hong) 

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and the Philippines have maintained effective communication on the South China Sea issue. The two sides should shelve disputes, remove external interference, concentrate on cooperation, do practical things, and seek development. As long as the two sides handle this issue properly, the atmosphere for Sino-Philippine relations will be better, the foundation will be stabilized, and regional peace and stability will have an important guarantee. The two sides can make greater strides in the joint development of offshore oil and gas. The “Code of Conduct in the South China Sea” is an initiative to establish rules and regulations for the South China Sea. The two sides should strive to promote the early conclusion of the “Code” and demonstrate the firm position and positive attitude of China and the Philippines in jointly safeguarding long-term regional peace and stability.

 

Duterte congratulated China on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, saying that China’s successful development experience is worth learning from the Philippines. He said: “I cherish my close friendship with President Xi Jinping. China is very important to Philippine, and Philippine-China relations are a long-term plan. I would like to meet with President Xi Jinping on a regular basis to strengthen communication and jointly promote the sustained and strong development of the comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship between the two countries for mutual benefit and win-win results.” The Philippines hopes that China will continue to contribute to the economic development and infrastructure construction of the Philippines, and thanks China for its support for the Philippine human rights cause, the reconstruction of earthquake-stricken areas, counter-terrorism, and drug control. Facts have proved that China is a sincere friend of the Philippines. On the question of Hong Kong, the Philippines fully respects Chinese law and the right to uphold the rule of law in accordance with the law.

 

On the evening of August 29, President Xi Jinping met with Philippine President Fidel Duterte at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. (Xinhua/ Shen Hong) 

 

Duterte said: “I advocate peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea through cooperation rather than confrontation, so as to safeguard regional friendly cooperation and peace and stability, which is in the interests of all parties in the region.” The Philippines is willing to work with China to speed up the joint development of offshore oil and gas. As the current coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, the Philippines is committed to promoting the early conclusion of the “Code of Conduct in the South China Sea”.

 

After the meeting, the two heads of state witnessed the exchange of documents on bilateral cooperation. The two sides also announced the establishment of an intergovernmental joint steering committee on oil and gas cooperation and an inter-enterprise working group to promote substantive progress in joint development.