The Honorable Chargé D'affaires Ad Interim Tan Qingsheng attends the China-Philippines Business Forum

On 28 November 2018, Mr. Tan Qingsheng, Chargé D'affaires Ad Interim of the Chinese Embassy, attended the China-Philippines Business Forum in the Grand Hyatt Hotel to give a keynote speech about the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila and the development of China-Philippines relations.

"The most important outcome of this visit is that our two leaders have outlined a new vision for our bilateral relations. On the basis of mutual respect, sincerity, equality, mutual benefit, and win-win cooperation, our two leaders decided to upgrade the China-Philippines ties to comprehensive strategic cooperation," said Tan.

One of the highlights of the visit, according to Tan, was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative.

"With the signing of the MOU, we will be able to inject fresh vitality to the bilateral relations and lift our economic and trade cooperation to a new level. It is worth noting that during the visit, President Xi extended an invitation to President Duterte to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing, China, in April 2019," he said.

The Chargé D'affaires Ad Interim also mentioned some important areas of cooperation between the two countries such as increasing agricultural imports from the Philippines, signing of relevant agreements covering infrastructure, trade, and financing, and improving people-to-people exchanges.

"President Xi's state visit provided us with a great opportunity to explore more possibilities and deliver more of them into realities. China is willing to carry forward the traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with the Philippines as a good neighbor, a sincere friend, and a trusted partner, so as to share dividends of development and prosperity in many years to come," he added.

Also present during the Forum were dignitaries from the difference sectors of the government.

Undersecretary of the International Finance Group at the Philippines' Department of Finance Mark Dennis YC Joven gave his insights on the relations between the two countries and noted that "China and Philippines relations have been experiencing a golden age which hasn't been seen in the past 43 years."  

And on behalf of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, Assistant Secretary for Tourism Development Planning Roberto Paraso Alabado III emphasized the importance of the progressing relations between China and the Philippines in the tourism sector and how it greatly affects the economic and business development of the Philippines.

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