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January 17, 2022 – This was announced today by State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China H.E. Wang Yi at the Fifth Manila Forum for Philippines-China Relations, with some 400 participants by Zoom.

The decision to support Philippines’s reconstruction efforts in the areas affected by Typhoon Odette, was reached by the Chinese Government in the form of a grant another 100 million RMB yuan (P800 million) to the Philippines.

In his keynote speech, State Councilor Wang stressed that China and the Philippines are neighbors facing each other across the sea and partners through thick and thin. When the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Odette, President Xi Jinping promptly expressed his sympathies and support, and the Chinese government was among the first to provide emergency assistance.

Mr. Wang said “The Filipino people are strong and resilient. We believe that under the leadership of President Duterte and the Philippine government, people of the affected areas will rebuild their home at an early day. We hope the new grant will help boost the recovery.”

In her main address, Madam Fu Ying, former Vice Foreign Minister, former Ambassador to the Philippines and incumbent Vice Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s 13th National People’s Congress, predicts a “golden age of Sino-Philippine relations, highlighted by robust post-pandemic recovery constructive collaboration in South China Seas issues and increased people-to-people initiatives.

She said the Philippines and China have come a long way since Yuan Longping came to the Philippines to introduce his hybrid rice technology in 2003.

The Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) and the Embassy of China in Manila sponsored the Manila Forum on the theme “Hand in Hand for a Stronger and Reinforced Philippines-China Friendship” that also featured an opening salutation by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, Chairman Emeritus of APCU and closing remarks by Chinese Ambassador Yuan Xilian.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara and Senator Koko Pimentel were also in attendance.

Meanwhile looking westward, in an earlier interview with People’s Daily China’s foreign minister marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Beijing and Washington, he emphasized that China and the United States should not allow differences between them to define their current ties lest misjudgments dictate future relations.

Wang noted that differences and frictions between various nations don’t necessarily mean they have to confront each other.

Cooperation is the best option for the two sides, one of the valuable experiences drawn from the development of Sino-US ties over the past 40 years, Wang said.

Although great changes have taken place in the two countries as well on the international stage, they should still remain true to their original aspirations and stay focused on developing their ties based on coordination, cooperation and stability, he added.

WATCH VIDEO: The Fifth Manila Forum, January 17, 2022         

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