|Xi Jinping Speaks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the Phone|
On August 27, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Xi Jinping pointed out that during the past few years, China and the Philippines have witnessed a turnaround, consolidation and elevation of their relations, as well as the establishment of a comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship, which has brought tangible benefits to the people of both countries and positive energy to the peace and stability of the region. As a Chinese saying goes, "Only heart-to-heart exchanges can last long." China always honors its commitments to friends. China attaches great importance to relations with the Philippines and supports the Philippine side in firmly upholding an independent foreign policy of peace. China is ready to deepen friendship and mutual trust with the Philippines, stay committed to the general direction of good-neighborliness and friendship, and keep bilateral relations on the right track and achieve steady and long-term development. I am willing to keep close contact with you and frequently exchange views on important matters of mutual concern.
Xi Jinping stressed that the top priority for all countries now is to prevail over the COVID-19 pandemic at an early date and achieve economic recovery and growth. China will continuously strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation with the Philippines and provide as much assistance and help as it can for the Philippines' fight against the coronavirus. Important achievements have been made in synergizing the Belt and Road Initiative with the Philippines' "Build, Build, Build" program. China is willing to work with the Philippines to implement more cooperation projects and allow the people in both countries to benefit more from bilateral cooperation. China is ready to work with the Philippines to grasp the general trend, promote the common values of humanity, and advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, so as to make more contributions to regional peace and prosperity.
Duterte said he would like to extend warm congratulations once again on the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is a milestone in history, and the lifting of over 800 million people in China out of poverty, which is an extraordinary historic achievement of the CPC. Over the past five years, the Philippines and China have opened a new era of their comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship. In the face of the pandemic, the Philippines-China friendship has withstood the test, with bilateral economic cooperation growing despite the challenges, which offers a good illustration of the saying that "a friend in need is a friend indeed". The Philippine side appreciates China's contribution to championing global unity against the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks China for providing vaccines and other assistance to the Philippines, and hopes to continue strengthening anti-pandemic cooperation with China. The Philippines welcomes more Chinese investment in its planned construction projects and hopes that bilateral practical cooperation in areas such as infrastructure and agriculture will achieve more results. The Philippines cherishes its friendship with China. The country will not engage in geopolitical activities that harm China's interests and is willing to actively push for sustainable development of the relationship between the ASEAN and China.