Premier Li Keqiang called for the enhancement of bilateral ties with the Philippines during his meeting with Pantaleon Alvarez, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, on May 19 in Beijing.
Premier Li said a solid friendship between China and the Philippines serves the fundamental interests of both countries and people, and are conducive to regional peace and development.
“China is willing to strengthen mutual political trust with the Philippines, expand beneficial cooperation and reinforce exchanges at all levels,” said the Premier.
He also called for efforts to expand common ground and properly handle differences to consolidate public support for normal and stable bilateral ties.
In addition, the Premier hopes to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the legislative bodies of China and the Philippines.
Premier Li also mentioned that as this year marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, China supports the work of the Philippines as the rotating presidency of ASEAN, and is ready to work with all sides to promote China-ASEAN relations and regional cooperation in East Asia.
Alvarez said both of the Philippines’ houses of Congress support President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts in improving and developing its relations with China.
“The pragmatic cooperation between the Philippines and China has constantly reaped new achievements, which are conducive to consensus and cooperation among Asian countries,” Alvarez said.
He also welcomed Premier Li’s visit to the Philippines this year and attendance to leaders’ meetings on East Asian cooperation.