The 43rd Anniversary of China-Philippines Diplomatic Relations and the 17th China-Philippine Friendship Day Celebrated in Manila

On 9 June 2018, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Associations in the Philippines, and the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese in Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of Philippine-China Diplomatic Relations and the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

Present during the celebration were several dignitaries including Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque,  Former Speaker Jose De Venecia, Director Liu Qi of the Cultural Exchange Department of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, and President of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Association of the Philippines Peter Choi.


During his remarks, Ambassador Zhao Jianhua highlighted the great progress of China-Philippines relations in high-level visits, investment and trade cooperation, infrastructure development, agriculture, law enforcement, anti-terrorism, tourism, people-to-people exchanges and international affairs during the Duterte administration. The Ambassador also envisions the relations' bigger potentials for brighter future.

"President Duterte said before he set off to Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018 that he would like to foresee the relationship between China and the Philippines to 'bloom into something like a big and beautiful flower'. I am fully convinced that the flower of friendship between our two great countries, cared by our two visionary leaders and our sincere peoples, will surely blossom into even brighter excellence," said Zhao.


Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, meanwhile, encouraged the peoples of both countries, especially the Filipino-Chinese, to work together to maintain the strong momentum for a golden age of Philippine-China relations.

"Our golden age should not be confined to a decade or a century but should last a thousand years… You [the Filipino-Chinese people] are permanently a bridge between China and the Philippines. In the same manner that we've gone through trouble and problems, but because you have been persistent in wishing, in praying, in working for a better relationship, we are now harvesting the hard work that you have done today… Let us build a momentum that is so difficult to stop that not one person, not one administration, not one incident, not two governments can stop," said Cayetano.


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also said that the age-old friendship of China and the Philippines are now reaping fruits better than ever.

"The reshaping move of the Duterte administration demonstrates its commitment to foreign independent policy in stretching out the relationship with other countries, including China. Furthermore, this bilateral relationship provides creating strong allies against terrorism and aids in infrastructure, tourism, economic cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges," said Roque.


With the theme "Flowers Blooming in the Philippines-China Friendship", the 43rd Celebration of the China-Philippine Diplomatic Relations and the China-Philippines Friendship Day was capped off with wonderful Chinese cultural performances.




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