The People's Republic of China Celebrates its 69th Founding Anniversary

       On 27 September 2018, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China held a reception to celebrate the 69th Founding Anniversary of the People's Republic of China at  Makati Shangri La Hotel, Metro Manila.

        Present during the reception were such notable dignitaries as Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Acting Foreign Secretary Jose Luis Montales, Senator Richard Gordon, Former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Former Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr., members of the Diplomatic Corps, Chinese-Filipino associations and media.

       Giving his keynote address, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said 2018 means a lot to China. This year marked several notable achievements of China throughout the years such as the 40th anniversary of its adoption of reform and opening-up policy, the 5th anniversary of the Belt & Road Initiative proposed by H.E. President Xi Jinping, the 18th Meeting of Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, and the 1st China International Import Expo to be hosted in the upcoming November.

       The Ambassador further highlighted the growth of China-Philippines relations in recent years in four domains: high-level exchanges, trade and investment cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, and regional peace.

       Ambassador Zhao said, "China and the Philippines enjoy a multi-faceted partnership. There have been quite frequent high-level exchanges. Over the past two years, a series of dialogue and consultation mechanisms have been revived in areas such as foreign affairs, defense, energy, economy and trade, agriculture, fisheries, science and technology."

       According to Ambassador Zhao, China now is the Philippines' No. 1 trading partner and import origin, and the fourth largest export market. A batch of infrastructure projects have already broke ground and more projects are being pushed forward.

        Both countries are committed to bring benefits to both peoples. Since President Duterte took office, China has provided all in all RMB 1.284 billion of grants to the Philippines.

       "China and the Philippines contribute to regional stability ...and have been working closely to combat illicit drugs, terrorism and cyber-crimes. Both countries have the sincerity, wisdom and capability to properly manage the differences and focus on cooperation, in the purpose of turning South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and prosperity," he added.

       "China will always stay open and work with all the countries including the Philippines to create opportunities, advance cooperation, and share the dividends of development. China will continue to be the Philippines' good neighbor, sincere friend, and trusted partner. China stands ready to join hands with the Philippines to make the fresh Golden Age of China-Philippines relations brighter and richer than ever before," said the Ambassador.


        Acting Foreign Secretary Jose Luis Montales also imparted some words to celebrate the anniversary and best wishes to more prosperous China-Philippines relations.

        "Under the guidance of its leaders, China's march has been remarkable and these achievements have continued to multiply not only in China but also in the whole world," said  Montales.

        "Our two countries' golden ties of friendship and cooperation work under mutual respect and sincere dialogue. We will work closely together to attain our leaders' shared vision for peace and prosperity," he added.


        Guests enjoyed the reception as much as they were indulged with an photo exhibition themed on Belt&Road Initiative, and an audiovisual presentation celebrating the latest developments of China in a new era.


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