BILATERAL agreements on infrastructure, law enforcement and humanitarian assistance are expected to be signed during the Chinese Foreign Minister’s official visit in Manila.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. welcomed the visit of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao.
It would be the second time Locsin would be meeting Wang since he assumed as the country’s top diplomat two weeks ago.
The two officials met on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Brussels last week.
Locsin also recalled the graciousness of Wang when he received him and then Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano at the United Nations Security Council Room during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York last year.
He thanked Wang for congratulating him following the announcement by President Rodrigo Duterte of his appointment as Manila’s top diplomat.
In Davao, Wang had a bilateral meeting with Locsin.
The Foreign Minister is also scheduled to meet with the country’s economic managers and the Build, Build, Build team. The China-Philippines relations continue to improve as evidenced by ever deepening political mutual trust and fruitful outcomes in across-the-board practical cooperation, which has delivered tangible benefits to the two peoples.
In April this year, President Xi Jinping held his fifth meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in China, during which they reached important consensus on further developing bilateral relations.
The Philippines has taken over as the country coordinator for China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations.
All this offers new development opportunities for China-Philippines relations in both bilateral and multilateral areas.
Wang’s visit to the Philippines will further implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, consolidate and deepen friendly cooperation and ensure closer communication and coordination in regional cooperation, so as to continuously move forward China-Philippines and China-ASEAN relations and East Asia cooperation.