Xi Jinping will visit Manila on November 20. The expected visit of the Chinese President to Manila is expected to position the Philippines-China relations ” as a new model of international relations,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua.
“We have every reason to believe that this visit will enormously boost China-Philippines relations in the new era, position our relations as a new model of international relations and further contribute to the building of a community of shared future for mankind,” the envoy wrote in an article sent to the media.
The Philippines is expected to sign at least five agreements with China during Xi’s visit, and more than 40 cooperation documents were also signed in the areas of the economy, trade, agriculture, fishery, energy, science, and technology.
The agreements cover loan and guarantee accords, economic and technical cooperation, support for the feasibility studies on the Philippines’ infrastructure projects, and promoting collaboration on essential projects in Mindanao under the “Build, Build, Build” program.
While agreement on the territorial dispute has not yet been discussed, Manila decided to stop its action against China. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, and Taiwan have conflicting claims in the West Philippine Sea.
“Proceeding from the principles of honoring traditional friendship, upholding peace and goodwill and advancing win-win cooperation, our two sides should by all means make the best and full use of the upcoming state visit by President Xi Jinping, and work together to make the Golden Age of China-Philippines relations richer and brighter than ever before,” the Ambassador said.
“China now stands out as the Philippines’ top trading partner and import origin. And this August, China even became the top export market of the Philippines,” the envoy said.