Duterte to Xi: I appreciate China’s support for our defense modernization

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his opening remarks during the Bilateral Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on August 29, thanked China for its support to Philippines’ defense modernization.

“On defense and security cooperation, our political and security cooperation, I am pleased that our cooperation has been expanding in the field of defense,” President Duterte said.

“I appreciate China’s support for our defense modernization including the various forms of gratis military aid you have provided since 2017,” he added.

The President also highlighted friendship. “We met just four months ago at the successful 2nd Belt and Road Forum. But given our friendship and the value of our ties, it is never too soon to resume our conversation,” he said.

“To be sure, there have been challenges. Yet we are living up to our commitment to define our ties as a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation. With channels for dialogue fully opened, agreements signed and projects underway, there is a clear path of partnership and convergence,” President Duterte added.