President Rodrigo Duterte, at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), said both Philippines and China stand together against criminality and illegal drug trade. The two countries are also staunch allies in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
“Bilaterally, the Philippines is showing how complex relations are but not a bar to positive and mutually beneficial engagement,” Duterte said.
“With China, we stand together in the war on criminality and illegal drug trade. We are shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. Make no mistake: there can be no progress without stability in Asia’s lands and waters,” he said.
“As sovereign equals, the Philippines and China are partners in the building of much-needed infrastructure,” he stressed. “We are bridging bridges of greater understanding between our peoples. We are working together on strengthening economic complementarities.”
“Let me say it again today: the Philippines’ destiny is in Asia. The Philippines is ready to work with all nations in the region who seek friendship and cooperation,” he said.