President Aquino receives China's Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying in Malacanang

October 19, 2012 10:27 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — President Benigno S. Aquino III received People's Republic of China (PROC) Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying in Malacanang on Friday.

The Chinese official, who paid a courtesy call at the President's Hall, was accompanied by Ma Keqing, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China; Hong Liang, Deputy Director-General of the Asian Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dai Qingli, Counsellor of the Asian Department; Yin Haihong, Director of the Asian Department; and Wang Hong Liu, Deputy Director of the Asian Department.

Also in attendance were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying arrived in Manila on Thursday. She met with Foreign Affairs Secretary del Rosario at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Main Building in Pasay City before the start of the 18th Foreign Ministry Consultations on Friday.

The Philippine and Chinese panels to the 18th Foreign Ministry Consultations (FMC) affirmed the commitment of their respective governments to promote the comprehensive development of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China, the DFA said in a statement.

The 18th FMC was held in Manila on Oct. 19 and covered trade, tourism, science and technology, judicial and law enforcement, culture, people-to-people exchanges and other issues of mutual concern. Both sides also discussed issues of concern and agreed to continue the dialogue.

The 18th FMC reviewed the status of bilateral relations in general, and in particular, the implementation in the past 10 months of projects identified at the last consultation. It also explored mechanisms that will help realize the agreements reached between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Chinese President Hu Jintao last year to target 60 billion U.S. dollars in bilateral trade and two million two-way tourism arrivals by 2016.

Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying headed the Chinese panel while the Philippine panel was headed by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda F. Basilio.

Secretary Del Rosario expressed confidence that the Philippine and Chinese delegations to the FMC will forge a common path towards normalizing and moving forward the bilateral relations and implement the consensus reached between President Aquino and President Hu during the former’s state visit to China last year. (PNA)

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