CHINA has pledged to import more goods from the Philippines, including coconut and frozen fruits, and donate 10,000 tons of rice to communities in Luzon ravaged by Typhoon Ompong last September, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday evening.
Xi made the statement following his expanded bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang, where both leaders agreed to upgrade Philippines-China relations to “a comprehensive, strategic cooperation.”
Duterte and Xi had also witnessed the exchange of documents regarding protocols of the phytosanitary requirements for export of fresh young coconuts and frozen fruits from the Philippines.
Xi also said the Chinese government would also award 50 government scholarships to Filipino students on an annual basis from 2019 to 2021 and would implement arrangements for Filipino English teachers to work in China.
Duterte, meanwhile, thanked Xi for China’s assistance to Ompong victims.
The Chinese leader also affirmed his government’s support for the Philippines’ anti-narcotics drive, counter-terrorism campaign and that China will help in the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City through road and bridge projects.
“Recognizing the wisdom in the saying, ‘all creatures may grow together without harming each other or roads may run parallel without interfering with one another,’ both sides agree that there is no ‘one size fits all’ development model and that every country has the right to choose its own path,” Xi said during the joint press conference with Duterte.
“As our two countries forge ahead as win-win partners, China will continue to do its modest best to help and support the Philippines,” he added.
Xi left for Beijing yesterday afternoon to end his historic two-day visit to the Philippines, the first by a Chinese head of state in 13 years.