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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Meets with Wang Yi

On January 16, 2021 local time, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with visiting State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Manila.

Wang Yi conveyed cordial greetings from President Xi Jinping to Rodrigo Duterte and said that China highly appreciates the political resolve and strategic visions that the Philippine President has shown in shepherding the turnaround and continuous development of the relations between China and the Philippines. He hopes to deliver the following three-point message during his visit.

First, China will do its utmost to help the Philippines fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Solidarity and coordination is the most powerful weapon against the pandemic. The friendship between the two peoples has been strengthened through supporting and helping each other in the joint fight against COVID-19. China understands that vaccines are badly needed in the Philippines and has decided to donate a batch of vaccines to the Philippines and will give guidance to Chinese companies to carry out vaccine purchasing cooperation with the Philippine side as soon as possible. The Philippines is China's good friend and good brother. China is ready to do its best to help the Philippines fight the pandemic.

Second, China strongly supports the Philippines' efforts to achieve economic recovery as soon as possible. China will contribute to its "Build, Build, Build" program by actively promoting the cooperation on big projects. In recent years, the two countries have completed 11 projects while 12 others are in progress or in the pipeline, and many more are under negotiation. China is willing to accelerate relevant bilateral cooperation based on the Philippines' needs, assist its economic recovery, and strengthen the cooperation between the two sides in the post-COVID era.

Third, China firmly supports the Philippines in safeguarding its sovereignty and national dignity. China is willing to cooperate with the Philippines to firmly defend their respective legitimate rights and interests, protect the common interests of developing countries and safeguard international fairness and justice in international and regional arenas.

Wang Yi said that he believes the relations between China and the Philippines will surely move forward steadily and healthily under the strategic guidance of the heads of state of the two countries.

Rodrigo Duterte asked Wang Yi to extend his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping. He said that the sustained and close high-level exchanges between the Philippines and China provide strategic guidance for developing bilateral ties steadily. The Philippine side will firmly implement the important consensus reached by the two countries on enhancing the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides. The Philippines thanks China for its great assistance in helping the Philippines combat the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the timely donation of COVID-19 vaccines, and is looking forward to strengthening the two countries' cooperation on COVID-19 vaccines. China plays an important role in promoting regional economic recovery. The Philippines is grateful for China's significant contribution to its infrastructure construction, and is ready to work with China to achieve an early economic recovery so as to benefit the Philippine people. He believes China will act on its word and the Philippines is determined to maintain the friendly relations between the two countries and is confident in China as well as in the development of bilateral relations.

On the same day, Wang Yi also held talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, and jointly attended the inauguration of the Manila Forum for China-Philippines Relations and the launching ceremony of the Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding with former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo via video link. The two sides announced the launch of "fast tracks" for essential personnel exchanges.

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