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Chinese Consulate donates "Friendship Bags" to commemorate 45th anniversary of China- Philippines diplomatic relations

On June 9, the Chinese Consulate General in Cebu donated "China- Philippine "Friendship Bags" to the indigent families and frontliners in Cebu. Consul General JIA Li, together with Presidential Assistant for the Visayass Michael Dino, Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, AFP Central Command Head Lieutenant General Roberto Ancan AFP, PRO7 Regional Director PBGen Albert Ignatius Ferro, and others attended the turnover ceremony and commemorated the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines.

Consul General JIA Li stated that June 9, this year, marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines. To mark the momentous day, the Chinese Consulate in Cebu donated rice to the disadvantaged families affected by the pandemic in Cebu as a way of helping them overcome the difficulties.

The donation is a significant way to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China and the Philippines are two countries with a shared future. China has always stood with the Philippines in their fight against COVID-19.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 45 years ago, China and the Philippines' relations have been tested by international and regional transformations. Even with the challenges, bilateral relations have developed steadily and even improved its comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship. Cooperation in various fields has been strengthened, bringing benefits to both countries. In the next stage, the two countries expect to further deepen political mutual trust, strengthen personnel exchanges, promote beneficial coalitions in various fields, and build China-Philippines relations into a model community with a shared future.

Presidential Assistant Michael Dino said that China-Philippines civil exchanges have a long history and that the two countries are good neighbors, good brothers, and good partners. Before the pandemic, nearly one million Chinese tourists visited the Visayas region each year, strongly helping the local economy grow. Dino added that since the virus outbreak, China and the Philippines have united to help each other. "China has provided strong support to the Philippines in fighting the pandemic. I believe that with the joint efforts of all parties, we will be able to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible," said Dino.

For her part, Cebu Governor Garcia said that since the virus outbreak, the Chinese government has donated a large number of medical supplies to the Philippines. Various partners and provinces in China have donated protective gear and equipment to Cebu's frontliners to help them in fighting this epidemic. On the special day of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines, the Chinese Consulate in Cebu donated rice to support Cebu's fight against the pandemic. According to Governor Garcia, this is a manifestation of the friendship between the Chinese government and Cebuanos. The governor is very moved by these kinds of deeds and she will always remember these in her heart. China-Philippine friendship has been continuously strengthened and deepened.

Cebu City Mayor Labella recorded a video at the handover ceremony and announced that the "Friendship Bags" will provide enormous benefits to the residents living in scarcity in Cebu City due to the pandemic.

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