Nograles, Wu agree to cooperate on RP-China expanded relations

October 28, 2009 11:38 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 29 — Philippine House Speaker Prospero Nograles and his Chinese counterpart Wu Bangguo have pledged to work together to strengthen mutual understanding and expand comprehensive cooperation between the Philippines and China, this was reported by the Philippine embassy in Beijing.

Nograles and Wu, the chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, met on October 21 in Beijing and expressed their mutual satisfaction with the status of Philippines-China relations, the embassy reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

In a related development, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is to sign on Thursday morning an agreement for expanded China-Philippine joint strategic plan.

Yang arrived Thursday in Manila and was hosted to a dinner at the Malacanang Park by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

Nograles is also scheduled to meet Yang in Manila.

“We should continue to work together to enhance our bilateral relations,” Nograles told Wu during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, which houses China’s national legislature.

“The Philippines is ready to work with China to maintain high level visits, strengthen mutual understanding and expand comprehensive cooperation,” Nograles added.

“China's stable and rapid development benefited not only the Chinese people, but also Asia and the world at large,” the Speaker added, citing further China’s consistent economic growth during the global crisis and its anchoring effect to its trade partners in the region, including the Philippines.

The Philippines and China agreed in 2005 to establish a strategic and cooperative relationship for peace and development during the State visit of President Hu Jintao to the Philippines.

The Speaker also noted that the implementation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area beginning January 2010 is an opportunity for more Philippine agricultural exports to enter the Chinese market.

On the other hand, Wu stated that China values its ties with the Philippines and expressed its readiness to enhance the cooperation between the two countries through increased exchanges between political parties, legislatures, governments and peoples, and expanded reciprocal cooperation in economy and trade.

Wu emphasized that the two countries enjoyed increasing mutual political trust and had smooth cooperation in trade, investment, finance, agriculture, fishery, mining and infrastructure construction.

He added that China and the Philippines also witnessed active exchanges in science, technology, education, culture and tourism.

Nograles visited Beijing and Tianjin from October 20 to 23 on the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He also met Minister Wang Jiarui of the CPC International Department, Beijing CPC Party Secretary Liu Qi and Tianjin CPC Party Secretary Zhang Gaoli.

Among the guests at the welcome dinner were Vice President Noli de Castro, Philippine ambassador to Beijing Rosario Brady, Chinese ambassador to Manila Liu Jianchao, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Trade Secretary Favila, Agriculture Secretary Arturo Yap and businessman Lucio Tan. (PNA) LDV/GJB

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