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Wang Yi Meets With Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin

On June 7, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin in Chongqing.

Wang Yi welcomed Teodoro Locsin to co-chair the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting, and extended appreciation to the Philippines as the current country coordinator for ASEAN-China relations for its active efforts and important contributions made in promoting the all-round development of ASEAN-China relations.

Wang Yi said that thanks to the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte, China-Philippines relationship maintains sound development despite of difficulties and interventions. In face of the epidemic, the two countries offered hands to each other and gave explanatory notes to the Chinese saying "close neighbors are better than distant relatives". China will continue to provide the Philippines with anti-epidemic supplies and vaccines as needed to help the latter overcome COVID-19 as soon as possible. Both countries are expecting the 46th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them. China and the Philippines will observe the "good neighborhood", i.e. friends don't show off power to each other, neighbors give hands to each other, and work together to promote the healthy development of China-Philippines relations.

Wang Yi said that strong and pragmatic China-Philippines cooperation are helping the Philippines epidemic-hindered development. Both sides have concluded and are carrying out a large number of projects, implying two-fold growth of China's investment in the Philippines. Both countries should spare no effort to secure the favorable momentum and fully tap the economic and social benefits of cooperative projects.

Wang Yi said that China-Philippines relations are facing difficulties and challenges as well. In face of statements and actions that distort the mutually beneficial cooperation, both sides should maintain our orientation and give priorities to promoting more fruitful cooperation that brings more benefits to peoples of the two countries. China-Philippines cooperation is attached with neither political condition nor so-called "traps". We observe win-win cooperation for common development.

Teodoro Locsin congratulated on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. He said China led by the Party has reported great victory of poverty alleviation which is a miracle unseen in human history and in other countries. The world should learn China's experience. The Philippines highly values China's success in epidemic control and robust economic recovery, appreciates China's support of epidemic-control supplies, makes positive comments on China's critical role in international vaccine cooperation, and hopes to strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with China.

Teodoro Locsin said that China stands as the largest trade partner of the Philippines. He hopes both sides will further intensify high-level exchanges and enhance cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, infrastructure, and cyber security to add new impetus to the growth of the bilateral relations. As the current country coordinator for ASEAN-China relations, the Philippines supports and will make active efforts to upgrade the bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Teodoro Locsin said that there is no so-called "traps" in Philippines-China cooperation and China is long committed to helping the development of other countries with its development. The Philippines stands against making human rights a political issue or a weapon and holds that every country is entitled to secure its national security and stability through appropriate means. Both sides are challenged by the disputes over the South China Sea which shall not undermine the flourishing friendship and the pragmatic cooperation between them in all areas. The Philippines stands ready to maintain communication with China through more friendly and effective diplomatic means.

Both sides also had in-depth exchanges of views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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