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PBBM and Premier Li promise to strengthen ties between the Philippines and China.

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Malacanang announced on Saturday that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had agreed to further enhance ties between the Philippines and China.

According to the officer-in-charge undersecretary of the Office of the Press Secretary, Cheloy Garafil, the two made the agreement after a brief conversation outside of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

According to Garafil, Marcos and Li concurred that the contrasts between the two countries are “much outweighed” by their improving partnership.

In support of the Chinese leader’s statement that Manila and Beijing should maintain their “continuous progress” in bilateral relations, Marcos replied, “I fully concur.”

In addition, Marcos thanked Li for praising his late father, who bears his name, for having the guts to travel to China in 1975 considering the country’s tense political situation with the Philippines.

Marcos told Li, “I appreciate you remembering my father and his initiative to come to China; after all, it was he who made the Philippines and China family.”

We considered that to be very crucial. He was proven to be correct because our countries’ alliance with China has greatly benefited both of them, he continued.

Marcos accepted the invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping to travel to China for a state visit in the first week of January 2023.

One of the items on Marcos’ next visit’s agenda would be the idea to strengthen the Philippines’ alliances with China.

Therefore, I’m looking forward to talking about all of these when I visit in January, Marcos stated.

On Wednesday, Marcos revealed his intention to bring up the South China Sea (SCS) problem during his meeting with Xi.

Li, on the other hand, hoped for close cooperation with the Philippines and other ASEAN members in order to ensure peace and stability in the SCS by observing international laws, such as the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

Li emphasized that he also looked forward to working with the Philippines in sustaining the unity and cooperation between China and ASEAN and added, “And also let’s work together for successful meetings.”

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