China urges Philippines to preserve friendship

Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos (L), former Philippine President Joseph Estrada (R) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian (C) attend the awarding ceremony to Filipinos that contributed to the promotion of the Philippines-China mutual understanding, in Makati City, the Philippines on June 10, 2022. The newly-elected Philippine leader on Friday vowed to foster stronger and deeper Philippines-China relations during his six-year administration. (Photo by Rouelle Umali/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos (L), former Philippine President Joseph Estrada (R) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian (C) attend the awarding ceremony to Filipinos that contributed to the promotion of the Philippines-China mutual understanding, in Makati City, the Philippines on June 10, 2022. The newly-elected Philippine leader on Friday vowed to foster stronger and deeper Philippines-China relations during his six-year administration. (Photo by Rouelle Umali/Xinhua via Getty Images)

In a speech commemorating the 73rd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian signaled a “golden era” of partnership between China and the Philippines, under the leadership of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and President Xi Jinping.

Huang revealed that a consensus between the two leaders was made, which would serve as a “blueprint of cooperation” between Beijing and Manila.

“We are ready to work with the Philippines to implement the consensus reached by President Xi and President Marcos Jr. to follow through on the blueprint for cooperation to jointly ushering a new golden era in our bilateral relations,” the Chinese envoy said.

“We should preserve the friendship between China and the Philippines. This is not only the common aspiration of the two peoples, but also the inevitable choice for common development,” Ambassador Huang added.

He also encouraged the preservation of friendship between the two countries, “so that our overall relations will not be affected.”

“We should properly handle differences to remove interference from China-Philippine relations. We are neighbors and have every reason to live together peacefully,” Huang said.

“We should put our differences in a proper place and seek peaceful solutions through friendly consultations so that our overall relations will not be affected,” he added.

Huang also highlighted China’s role on the international scene, with its contribution to world economic growth at more than 30%.

The Belt and Road Cooperation, he said, has “fruitful results with a large number of projects completed making real contributions to local economic growth and people’s livelihood,” and has promoted “world peace and development” and participated in global governance.

“It was a decade of opening up at a higher level and sharing development opportunities with the world,” said Huang.

“It was a decade where China shouldered the responsibilities of a major country,” he added.

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