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Jointly Charting a Course Toward a Brighter Future
Remarks by Consul General Jia Li


Today, June 9, is a very special day for China and the Philippines. It was 45 years ago when China and the Philippines officially established diplomatic relations.

As our modest way of expressing the significance of this event, we are donating a total of 7,292 bags of rice (at 10 kilograms each) with an equivalent amount of P3,500,000 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos) to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, the Cebu Provincial Government and the Cebu City Government.

This is our way of showing solidarity with the Filipinos in its fight against COVID-19, our common enemy.

We believe that through a joint effort by both countries, the Filipino people will prevail over this pandemic and establish a safe, productive and healthy nation.

Though tested by international and regional changes, since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship between China and the Philippines has developed steadily and firmly. Practical cooperation in various fields has continually strengthened and deepened, bringing tangible benefits to the people of both countries.

China supports the development and stability of the Philippines. China's "Belt and Road" initiative can help in the realization of President Rodrigo Duterte's "Build Build Build" plan.

In the next stage, China commits to further strengthening political mutual trust, personnel exchanges, and promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

Principal focus will be on health, sharing treatment programs, prevention and control experience, vaccines, and promoting cooperation in anti-pandemic science and technology.

At the same time, we must promote cooperation and exchanges in investment, trade, tourism, and culture, and build China-Philippine relations into a model of a community with a shared future.

I believe that the relationship between the two countries will be more stable and the prospects will even be broader. The two sides will advance toward the goal of building a community with a shared future in the new era, continuously improving the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, pushing China and the Philippines' comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level, and opening up new chapters.

China and the Philippines share a bright and promising future. I wish the people of China and the Philippines' continued friendly relations for generations to come!

Long live China-Philippines friendship!

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