Chinese Embassy in Manila hosts the 2019 Media Christmas Party
2019/12/18

On December 16, 2019, the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines hosted the 2019 Chinese Embassy Media Christmas Party at the Grand Hyatt Manila Hotel in BGC.

 

Present during the event are Undersecretary Marvin Gatpayat and George Apacible of the Presidential Communications Office of the Philippines,  Philippine and Chinese media executives, editors, journalists, columnists, famous bloggers and our correspondents in the Philippines.

 

In his speech, Ambassador Huang expressed his delight in meeting so many Filipino friends with delight. Inspired by the joyful atmosphere, three key words popped into mind: Appreciation, Accomplishment, and Aspiration.

 

On Appreciation, the Ambassador said that the Chinese Embassy has held the Christmas Party for seven consecutive years to celebrate friendship with all media friends. In the past year, the media did an excellent job in covering news and stories on the positive progress of China-Philippines relations, and closely following the development of China. It is through the media that our two peoples get to know each other better, understand each other better and bond with each other more closely. On behalf of the Embassy, Ambassador Huang extended his sincere gratitude to them, and through them to all media friends, for the consistent support to China-Philippines relations and the Chinese Embassy.

Being new here, Ambassador Huang looks forward to making friends with Philippine media, with an aim to strengthen our future cooperation and friendship.

 

On Accomplishment, in the past three years, China-Philippine relations have been moving forward steadily, the two countries have insisted on peaceful and friendly coexistence, economic and trade cooperation has continued to advance, and cultural exchanges increased, in the common interest of the two countries and their peoples. More importantly, we have achieved the progress of cooperation while handled differences in a constructive manner, in pursuit of the true spirit of 'seek common ground while reserving differences'.

 

China is now the Philippines' top trading partner, the largest source of imports and exports market as well as the largest foreign investment origin and the second largest tourist source.

In the first ten months of this year, our bilateral trade volume reached USD 49.8 billion with a 7.2% year-on-year increase. For the first ten months in 2019, the newly added investment from China reached US$ 33.4 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 45.7%.

Up to last October, more than 1.5 million Chinese tourists have visited the Philippines, increased by 41% on year-on-year basis. In the first three quarters of 2019, more than 1.1 million tons of Philippine bananas were exported to China, bringing US$ 493 million of income to the Filipino farmers. Currently, more than 40 major Chinese enterprises invest in the Philippines, directly or indirectly generating 26,000 job opportunities for local people.

 

The "Belt and Road Initiative" and the "Build, Build, Build" Plan are highly compatible. The Chico River Pump Irrigation, New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa Dam and the Philippine National Railway's South Long Haul are being pushed forward in a steady pace, and will contribute to the development of agriculture and transportation in the Philippines. Now altogether ten projects have been completed, bringing tangible benefits to local people.

 

On Aspiration, under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Duterte, China-Philippines relations are ushering in a new Golden Age. Pushing forward the stable development of China-Philippines comprehensive strategic cooperation has become our common aspiration. Next year is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Philippines diplomatic relations, celebration activities ranging from political visits to economic cooperation, from culture events to think tanks exchanges are already on the schedule. Taking this great opportunity, we expect to work closely with our Filipino friends, to expand our people-to-people exchanges, and enhance the mutual trust between our two countries.

 

At the event, guests from the Philippine government and media also watched a film on China's social development achievements, and participated in interactive games such as a quiz on Chinese knowledge. The atmosphere was cheerful and enthusiastic.

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