Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent visit to China as “highly successful” in promoting the country’s best interest.
In a press statement, Panelo ensured the Filipinos that Duterte is hurting the country’s “independent foreign policy to a new height of diplomatic relations with other nations.”
According to the spokesperson, this said foreign policy is founded on the principles of national security and interest, promoting the country’s overall development and economic progress.
Panelo said that Duterte’s separate bilateral meetings with China’s president Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang were “productive” and “fruitful.”
He revealed that the friendship between the Philippines and China was reinforced during this meeting. The President took this as an opportunity to discuss the controversial South China Sea dispute in the hopes of achieving true peace and stability.
Duterte also explained to the Chinese president that restraint and caution should be exercised by both countries to avoid creating bigger problems. Xi, on the other hand, showed willingness in resolving these issues, specifically the unwanted establishment of Chinese militia in the disputed areas.
Moreso, a number of 19 business agreements were signed, predicted to create 21,000 jobs to Filipinos. Valued at $12.16 billion in total, these approved enterprises touch on areas of labor, tourism, internet connectivity, and agriculture. Also, China gave the Philippines a P7.7 billion grant.
During his fourth visit to China, Duterte also ensured foreign investors that the Philippines is working on becoming a prosperous environment for their businesses. The President also promised to promote a country free from corruption.
Duterte also talked about the importance of migrant workers in promoting the success and development of different countries all over the world. The President emphasized the need to protect and nurture these laborers, suggesting an assistance program with reciprocal benefits.