|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano of the Philippines|
On August 2, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano of the Philippines on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation in Singapore.
Wang Yi expressed that the China-Philippines relations have dispelled the dark clouds and embraced splendid and bright prospects again under the joint efforts of both sides since President Rodrigo Duterte has assumed office, with bilateral political mutual trust being constantly enhanced and cooperation in various fields being advanced in an orderly manner. The Philippines is a close neighbor of China separated by only a narrow strip of water and a regional major country with significant influence. The Chinese side is willing to see and support that the Philippines will achieve national stability and economic development and play a more important role in regional affairs. The Chinese side is ready to, together with the Philippine side, maintain and cement high-level exchanges, conduct sincere communication, strengthen planning and expand cooperation, in a bid to achieve common development and prosperity. It is hoped that both sides will earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, continue to properly handle sensitive issues, and create a favorable environment for the sustained and stable development of bilateral relations. Today, the Philippines has officially taken over the country coordinator for the relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Chinese side will fully support the Philippines in well fulfilling its responsibilities as the country coordinator. To this end, the two sides can maintain and strengthen strategic coordination, jointly promote China-ASEAN relations and regional cooperation for greater progress, and also jointly make due contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the region, including the South China Sea.
Alan Peter Cayetano noted that recently, cooperation between the Philippines and China in various fields has been advanced smoothly, with positive progress achieved in major projects. The Philippine side looks forward to strengthening high-level exchanges with the Chinese side to promote Philippines-China relations for continuous and positive development. The Philippine side appreciates and thanks the Chinese side for its important role in promoting regional peace and stability. As the country coordinator for ASEAN-China relations, the Philippines will make proactive efforts to promote ASEAN-China cooperation.