“We have every reason to believe that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit will enormously boost China-Philippines relations in the new era and position our relations as a new model of international relations,” Chinese Ambassador to Philippines Zhao Jianhua said in an article published and picked up by several news outlets.
Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo announced that the visit of the Chinese leader is set November 20 to 21.
Panelo noted that the said visit “will be the first State Visit of a Chinese President in 13 years.”
“Being separated by only a narrow strip of water, China and the Philippines have been close neighbors for centuries, sharing not only geographic proximity, but also blood bond, cultural affinity and a long and sincere traditional friendship,” Zhao said.
“The practical cooperation between our two countries has been garnering steady support from three pillars of political and security, economic relations and trade, and people-to-people exchanges,” he added.
He also explained that “a sustained and productive China-Philippines relationship will definitely serve current and long-term interests of our two countries and peoples, and further contribute a great deal to regional peace, stability and prosperity.”