China praises Philippines’ independent foreign policy

The Foreign Ministry of China has praised the Philippines’ independent foreign policy after President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will not allow the reestablishment of US military base in Subic and for his standing order on the military not to join multinational naval exercises in South China Sea to prevent tension.

“All countries are endowed with the right to uphold an independent foreign policy and to develop foreign relations based on its national interests. President Duterte’s policy propositions are in keeping with the fundamental interests of the Philippines, the shared aspiration of regional countries, and the trend of the times for peace and development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on July 28 in response to President Duterte’s statement against the reestablishment of US military base in Subic during his 2020 SONA.

“We appreciate President Duterte’s remarks and stand ready to properly resolve maritime disputes with the Philippines through friendly consultations to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea and the entire region,” he added.

Commenting on President Duterte’s standing order against joining multinational naval exercises in South China Sea, Wang said on August 5 that “this statement once again reflects the independent foreign policy of the Philippines and the common aspiration of countries in the region to pursue peace and development.”

“This fully demonstrates that certain non-regional countries’ attempt to stir up trouble and create tension in the South China Sea goes against the will of regional countries and is unpopular,” the Chinese spokesperson added. “At present, China and ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, are focusing on fighting the epidemic and restoring economic growth. What we need is solidarity, coordination, peace and stability.”