Duterte: PHL, China can further boost military, defense cooperation

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President Rodrigo Duterte said that defense cooperation between Philippines and China can be further boosted through the 2004 Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation.

“China and the Philippines can do more to boost military and defense cooperation under the framework of the 2004 Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation,” President Duterte said in his opening remarks for his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The bilateral meeting was held at Banquet Hall, Boao State Guesthouse, Hainan, China on April 10 on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018.

“And one of the things that we would like to assure you is that we would like the fullest cooperation between our two countries regarding transnational crimes and address terrorism,” Duterte said.

“I’d like to say it in a very short way – we are with you in this and we would like to thank again for he military assistance you gave us,” he noted.

“It spelled the difference between victory and defeat, at least on a shorter term, that we are able to put down the terroristic activities that have perpetuated in Marawi,” he explained. “On the side, it may not really be important but it could be a good historical note that the rifle that killed the number one terrorist, Hapilon, the rifle was one of those that killed.”

Source: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180410-Opening-Remarks-of-President-Rodrigo-Roa-Duterte-during-his-Bilateral-Meeting-with-Chinese-President-Xi-Jinping.pdf