China and the Philippines agreed to work together to maintain stability in the South China Sea (map)
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BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) news websites, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met in Manila on 29 May an official visit to the Philippines with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. The two sides exchanged views on the South China Sea issue and agreed to work together to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea and the overall situation of Sino-Philippine relations.
Arroyo spoke highly of bilateral ties and appreciated China’s achievements in international and regional affairs and play a positive role that China’s prosperity is conducive to the prosperity of the Philippines and the world prosperity. Philippine side attaches great importance to relations between the Philippines, China is willing to make joint efforts to maintain high-level exchanges, expand trade, tourism and other areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, strengthen cooperation in international and regional affairs coordination and cooperation, and promote strategic cooperation between the Philippines and continue to move forward development.
Yang Jiechi said that the Philippines is China’s friendly neighbor, friendly and has a long history in the Philippines. In recent years, the continuous development of bilateral strategic cooperative relations the two governments and civil society to carry out a comprehensive, multi-level exchanges, trade, agriculture, infrastructure construction, tourism and other areas of cooperation to achieve positive results, expanding personnel exchanges, in international and regional affairs and to maintain good coordination and cooperation. The development of Sino-Philippine relations not only brings tangible benefits to both peoples but also conducive to regional stability and development.
Yang Jiechi said that China and the Philippines are developing countries, are faced with the global financial crisis, economic development and improving people’s livelihood tasks, expanding common interests. The Chinese side is willing to China next year – the ASEAN Free Trade Area was established in the Philippines established diplomatic relations 35 years and the Shanghai World Expo as an opportunity to cooperate with the Philippines and actively respond to challenges, expand strategic cooperation to achieve mutual benefit and promote common development.
the same day, Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo. The two sides expressed satisfaction with development of bilateral relations, and to promote the development of bilateral strategic cooperative relations and reached important consensus. The two sides agreed to maintain high-level visits, deepening political mutual trust; strengthen pragmatic cooperation and promoting two-way trade and investment growth, expand cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, mining, energy development, including new energy cooperation; to promote culture, education, tourism, health and sports exchanges and cooperation and personnel exchanges at all levels, enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples and friendship; strengthen defense and security cooperation, jointly safeguarding regional security and stability; deepen the cooperation between the two Foreign Ministry to continue to hold annual diplomatic and consular consultation consultation; next year, the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries jointly held activities to celebrate the bilateral relations to a higher level; strengthen communication and coordination, and actively implement the outcome of the meeting of East Asian leaders, take advantage of China – ASEAN Free Trade Area build and promote their respective countries and regions stable and rapid economic growth, social harmony and development.
After the talks, the two ministers signed the “Government and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines strategic partnership joint action plan” and “People’s Republic and the Republic of the Philippines Consular Agreement.”
28 days, the Philippine House Speaker noguera Rice met with Yang Jiechi. Noguera Rice stressed that China’s development will promote regional economic and trade exchanges and economic development, the Philippines and other East Asian countries is an important opportunity, hoping to use China – ASEAN Free Trade Area launched the favorable opportunity to further expand bilateral economic and trade, infrastructure construction, energy and tourism and other areas mutually beneficial cooperation. Yang made positive comments on bilateral relations, said in the context of the international financial crisis, China is ready to strengthen cooperation in the Philippines, to overcome difficulties.