‘Duterte visit to China productive’
Despite failing to convince President Xi Jinping to recognize the ruling of an arbitral tribunal on the West Philippine (South China) Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte’s five-day visit to China was “productive,” Malacañang said on Sunday.
“President Duterte and [Chinese President Xi Jinping] had candid and open exchange of views on the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, including the arbitral award, which the Philippines won in 2016,” the Palace said in a statement.
It added that the two leaders “reaffirmed the longstanding friendship” between their countries to further enhance their comprehensive strategic cooperation, despite having opposing views on the territorial dispute.
Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President’s bilateral talks with Xi “had been successful and highly productive.”
“The President wishes to convey that he is merely a public servant who is fulfilling his commitment and constitutional duty to serve and protect the sovereign Filipino people and provide them with a peaceful and comfortable life,” he added.
The President arrived at the Villamor Air Base early Sunday.
The Palace said Duterte and Xi expressed “determination” to fast-track deals for the conclusion of an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the West Philippine Sea after the two resolved to maintain a non-confrontational stance policy to attain regional peace and stability in the resource-rich waters.
Duterte also conveyed the country’s commitment to enhance the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) engagement with China during the Philippines’ stewardship of the Asean-China dialogue.
During the President’s meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, he stressed the importance of the completion of infrastructure projects with China, while Li noted that China would step up cooperation in support of the Build, Build, Build program.
During the visit, six agreements were signed, covering cooperation in the areas of education, science and technology, finance, and customs, among others.
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