In a Chinese briefing held in Beijing, China, Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, expressed compliments to President Rodrigo Duterte’s act of giving high-priority and importance to the improvement of the foreign relations between China and the Philippines.
In a transcript of the media briefing that was posted in the Chinese Embassy’s website, he shared that the Chinese government is looking forward to the Philippine Chief Executive’s state visit, and further expressed his hopes that the visit would result to the development of bilateral treaties, friendly cooperation, regional peace, stability and prosperity between the two nations.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, the Chinese government is ready to ‘join hands with the Philippines to improve and develop bilateral relations’. They are also open to enhance pragmatic cooperation across the board so that both countries will have a win-win result, and benefit from the cooperation.
President Duterte is scheduled to have an upcoming state visit to China this October 18 to 21.
In an Inquirer report, Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Francis Chua, shared that only about two dozens of entrepreneurs were initially scheduled to join President Duterte’s state visit to China.
However, according to Nora Terrado, Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, the number has since then exponentially increased and now, at least 400 businessmen of small and large-scale enterprises will be joining the president.
Chua shared that majority of the delegates from the Philippines hope to take advantage of the mending ties between China and the Philippines, which was previously racked by tension because of the conflict on the Scarborough Shoals. He said that the businessmen are looking for opportunities for business, investment and trade with China.
Meanwhile, according to Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Martin Diño, one of the president’s priorities in the state visit would be to discuss the high-speed rail system project to be built between Clark, Pampanga and Subic, Zambales.