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Chinese envoy: China-PH relations ‘deepened’ under Duterte, maritime disputes ‘properly handled’

Chinese envoy: China-PH relations ‘deepened’ under Duterte, maritime disputes ‘properly handled’

5/14/2021 9:15:00 AM

Chinese envoy: China -PH relations ‘deepened’ under Duterte, maritime disputes ‘properly handled’

In a virtual forum, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said the two countries have been committed to peace and friendship since Duterte came into power in 2016.

In a virtual forum, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said the two countries have been committed to peace and friendship since Duterte came to power in 2016. “In the past five years, with the commitment to peace and friendship, our two countries have continuously deepened pragmatic cooperation, properly handled maritime disputes, and brought tangible benefits to our peoples,” said Huang. 

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The Chinese official’s statement came as the Philippines filed a fresh diplomatic protest over his country’s illegal and lingering presence in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the resource-rich and disputed South China Sea. 

Beijing lays expansive claims over the waters despite a July 2016 UN tribunal invalidating it. Duterte has downplayed the incursions, as he pursued Chinese investments, infrastructure funding and COVID-19 vaccine supply.But Huang touted economic ties between the two sides, saying China has been the Philippines’ biggest trading partner since 2016, and the second-largest foreign investor in 2020.  headtopics.com

He said he hopes that Filipinos would know who their true ally is. “Over the past year, we have fought against the pandemic together and pushed forward the practical cooperation against headwinds. Our partnership in the new era has been endowed with a stronger foundation, a richer content and a finer quality,” he said, noting the two countries’ cooperation to ramp up infrastructure projects and strengthen the business and education sector. 

WATCH: Watch more in iWantTFC “I believe all of these would help the Filipinos know who their real friends and reliable partners are,” according to the Chinese official. Earlier this week, Duterte said his 2016 campaign promise in a bid to challenge Chinese aggression in the disputed area was a "pure joke" and that those who believed it were "stupid." 

He had also likened the country's 2016 arbitral award to a piece of "paper" that belonged to the "wastebasket," drawing criticism from the public and international law experts. Before this, the chief executive said the Philippines holds a "debt of gratitude" for Chinese aid, but that its waters "cannot be bargained [for]."

As of May 9, 287 Chinese vessels were still in Philippine waters, of which "bigger groupings" were spotted in Chinese-built artificial islands, while some were observed near islands occupied by Manila, according to a government task force.  headtopics.com

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