Li Keqiang Meets with Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.

On the afternoon of January 4, 2023, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council met with the visiting Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. on the Nice Corridor of the Individuals.

Noting that China and the Philippines are shut neighbors dealing with one another throughout the ocean with an extended historical past of pleasant exchanges between the 2 peoples and regular progress in pragmatic cooperation in numerous fields, Li Keqiang stated Mr. President’s go to to China firstly of the New Yr shortly after his inauguration is indicative of begin to bilateral relations. China attaches nice significance to its relations with the Philippines. President Xi Jinping will maintain talks with you and it’ll vigorously promote the all-round growth of bilateral relations. China is able to work with the Philippines to strengthen high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual belief, and advance pragmatic cooperation within the spirit of mutual respect, equality, and win-win cooperation, in order to keep up regional peace and growth and higher profit the 2 peoples.

Li Keqiang identified that cooperation is the mainstream of China-Philippines relations. The 2 international locations have distinguished complementary benefits and broad house for cooperation. China is prepared to work with the Philippines to raised synergize growth methods to advertise infrastructure cooperation, constantly deepen financial and commerce cooperation, enhance bilateral commerce to exceed 100 billion US {dollars} at an early date, assist the Philippines enhance its capability of meals manufacturing in accordance with its wants, develop imports of readily marketable high quality agricultural merchandise from the Philippines, beef up cooperation on new power, together with wind and photo voltaic power, strengthen cooperation on people-to-people exchanges, sub-national exchanges and the restoration of tourism, amongst different areas, and strengthen public assist for bilateral relations.

Li Keqiang pressured that sustaining peace and stability within the South China Sea serves the pursuits of nations within the area, together with China and the Philippines. The twenty fifth China-ASEAN Summit held in Cambodia not too long ago issued the Joint Assertion on the twentieth Anniversary of the Declaration on the Conduct of Events within the South China Sea (DOC). This reveals that China and ASEAN international locations have the arrogance, capacity and knowledge to uphold peace and stability within the South China Sea and resolve disputes via pleasant consultations and negotiations. Li expressed the hope that in step with the spirit of the DOC and the ideas of worldwide regulation together with the United Nations Conference on the Legislation of the Sea, all sides will work collectively to step up consultations on the Code of Conduct within the South China Sea based mostly on the precept of consensus to construct the South China Sea right into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.

Marcos stated that the Philippines-China relations are of nice significance to each side and the Asia-Pacific area. Relating to China as a brother, associate and good friend of the Philippines, Marcos stated the Philippines is prepared to work with China to hold ahead the normal friendship, deepen cooperation in numerous fields on all ranges, improve people-to-people and cultural exchanges, collectively deal with challenges, and forge a robust partnership of cooperation, in order so as to add a brand new chapter to the Philippines-China relationship. The Philippines hopes to boost communication with China to correctly settle points associated to the South China Sea and keep the broader pursuits of bilateral relations and regional peace and stability.

Wang Yi and He Lifeng and others had been current.