Wang Yi: China welcomes more Philippine agricultural products

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) addresses the Manila Forum for China-Philippines Relations via video link, Jan 17, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) addresses the Manila Forum for China-Philippines Relations via video link, Jan 17, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

China is willing to continue to open the door to more Philippine agricultural products and improve investment to help the Philippines accelerate its process of industrialization and modernization and enhance its capacity for independent development, the adviser said Monday. Chinese State and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

He made the remarks while addressing the Manila Forum for China-Philippines Relations via video link.

China and the Philippines should uphold their friendship, eliminate disturbances, deepen cooperation and jointly open up a better future for bilateral relations, he said.

Noting that the friendly exchanges between the two countries have lasted for more than 1,000 years, he said China will continue to guarantee the Philippines its COVID-19 vaccine needs.

On the South China Sea issue, he said China stands ready to promote joint development without affecting each other’s respective rights and claims.

The foreign minister also called on the two sides to uphold the regional cooperation framework centered on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and deepen the China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership.

(Contributed by Xinhua)

Amalia H. Mercado