Wang Yi: China Firmly Supports the Philippines in Pursuing an Independent Foreign Policy

On July 25, 2017 local time, when meeting the press with Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano of the Philippines in Manila, Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that as the biggest neighboring country of the Philippines, China is willing to be the most genuine and lasting cooperation partner on the road of the Philippines’ national development and revitalization. China’s supports to the Philippines focus on five aspects.

First, China firmly supports the Philippines in pursuing an independent foreign policy and exploring a development path suitable to its own national conditions. An independent Philippines will bring the country dignity and status in the international arena. And a Philippines that is friendly to all countries will expand broader space for its own development.

Second, China firmly supports the Philippines fighting against drug crimes and terrorism. Drugs and terrorism are the common enemies of mankind. The campaign against drugs and terrorism raised by President Rodrigo Duterte fully meets the interests and expectations of all the Philippine people, and conduces to regional peace and stability. In the anti-drug area, China has provided the Philippines with related equipments and joined hands with the Philippines in solving big cases of drug trafficking. China will provide the Philippines with a batch of drug scanning and testing equipment two days later, and will start establishing two permanent drug rehabilitation centers in Mindanao Island within this year. As for anti-terrorism, on the basis of the weapon equipment and refugee resettlement assistance China offered before, the Chinese side is willing to offer the Philippines 20 million RMB of emergency supplies for people’s resettlement and post-war reconstruction in Marawi. It is believed that, under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, the battle in Marawi will see a complete victory, and people in Mindanao Island will embrace a happy and peaceful life.

Third, China firmly supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s choice of a friendly and cooperative policy toward China. Last October, President Rodrigo Duterte’s successful visit to China dispelled the clouds over China-Philippines relations in previous years. The turnabout and restoration of bilateral relations is a right choice which meets the trend of the times and will of the people. China values friendship and righteousness, and is willing to return goodwill for sincerity and become a good neighbor and good friend of the Philippine people.

Fourth, China firmly supports the Philippines in fulfilling its duties as the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN, the Philippines shoulders a glorious mission and heavy responsibility as the rotating presidency. China is willing to enhance communication and coordination with the Philippines, successfully hold this year’s meetings on East Asian cooperation, focus on cooperation and properly handle differences, so as to push China-ASEAN relations and East Asian cooperation for greater development.

Fifth, China firmly supports safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea with the Philippines and other ASEAN countries. With joint efforts of China, the Philippines and other ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea has been obviously stabilized with the cooperation rising and positive factors increasing. The turnabout of China-Philippines relations has played a key role in it. At present, important outcomes have been achieved in the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, and the framework of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea has been formed. These facts prove to people all over the world that China and ASEAN countries have the ability and wisdom to properly handle differences among each other and maintain stability in the South China Sea. If certain forces outside the region still wish to see disorder in the South China Sea and attempt to make waves and troubles, we should say “no” to them in one voice.

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