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Wang Yi Meets with a Philippine Government Delegation

On August 22, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with a Philippine government delegation led by Secretary of Finance Carlos Dominguez III of the Philippines.

Wang Yi expressed that under the personal guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte, the relations between China and the Philippines have embarked on a fast lane with the momentum of all-round improvement and development. This positive change completely conforms to the fundamental and long-term interests of the two peoples. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Philippine side, strengthen high-level exchanges, conduct close communication among all departments, and fully tap into the potential as well as take concrete actions along the direction set by the heads of the two countries, in a bid to elevate practical cooperation in various fields to new stages, bring more benefits for the two peoples, and make more contributions to regional peace and stability. The Philippines has always been an important hub of the Maritime Silk Road. It is hoped that the Philippine side will participate in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative in a more active manner, which will open broader prospects for China-Philippines cooperation and drive the common development of the Philippines and other regional countries as well.

Carlos Dominguez III noted that since President Rodrigo Duterte has assumed office, the Philippines-China relations have become increasingly closer. The constant progress has been achieved from cooperation and exchanges in various fields. In particular, China's investment in the Philippines and tourism cooperation between both countries are flourishing. Such gestures enable the Philippine people to feel the positive outcomes achieved from the improvement and development of Philippines-China relations. The Philippine side attaches great importance to developing relations with China, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to well implement important consensus reached by the two heads of state and promote bilateral practical cooperation for greater development. The Philippine side will continue to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative which is the most remarkable one in the 21st century and conducive to bringing all countries in the region closer. The Philippine side highly appreciates and will take an active participation in the first China International Import Expo.

The Philippine delegation includes Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary of Public Works and Highways Mark Villar, Secretary of Transportation Arthur Tugade, Secretary of Budget and Management Benjamin Diokno, Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority Ernesto Pernia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority Vince Dizon and other important members of the economic management team of the cabinet of the Philippines.

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