China vows to strengthen ties with the Philippines
UNTV News • July 25, 2017 • 3323
MANILA, Philippines — Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi is now in the Philippines for an official state visit.
In his speech, he said the sun is rising again between the Philippines and China after the two nation’s dark past.
Wang Yi said it is now the golden era of friendship of the two countries, further vowing to strengthen the ties of the Philippines and China.
This is through China’s support of the economic development projects of the Philippines.
China also vowed to donate P20 million for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano and Wang Yi both agreed on the idea of having a joint oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea.
Secretary Cayetano said although it is not stated in the Constitution of the Philippines, he believes it can still be done.
“We are praying that this generation under President Xi and President Duterte will have the wisdom to find a way that this natural resources will benefit our people,” DFA Secretary Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano said.
“In waters where there is overlapping of maritime rights and interests if one party will go for unilateral development then the other party will make the same actions and that might complicate the situations at sea that might lead to tensions and the end result no body might be able to develop the resources,” China Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi said.
Wang Yi blamed the dispute of China with other ASEAN members to countries outside of Southeast Asia.
The Chinese official believes that the ASEAN countries can resolve its differences in terms of rights and constitution, and that other nations need not to meddle as it only causes further dispute.
“They don’t want to sea stability in the South China Sea and they want to stir up trouble in the SC Sea we need to stand together to say no to them together,” Yi added. – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will look into a report that some foreign vessels were allegedly dumping sewage wastes in the contested parts of the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement in response to a report released by US-based geospatial imagery firm, Simularity, which stated that foreign ships have been dumping sewage and human wastes in the reefs of the disputed waters.
“The responsible answer is we are verifying first, we will react if it’s been verified,” Roque said in a press briefing.
“We should accord our neighbors, and our friends the presumption of good faith, when they say something about an issue,” he added.
If the reports are true, Roque said the government would never allow the Philippines to become a garbage dump.
He even cited the incident when the Philippines sent back to Canada its illegally exported trash in 2019.
The Department of National Defense earlier said it is already verifying the report as it noted that the photo accompanying it was supposedly taken on the Australian Great Barrier Reef in 2014.
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to summon Beijing’s Ambassador to Manila anew over the reported presence of more Chinese ships within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) at the West Philippine Sea.
Hontiveros said the DFA should ask China’s envoy to explain the alleged presence of more than 100 ships this month as reported by a geospatial intelligence firm.
According to a report released Sunday by US-based Simularity, the number of “likely Chinese ships” spiked from 129 to 238, an increase of over 100 ships.
The report detailed that “between mid-May and mid-June 2021, the number of ships within the Union Banks increased from 9 to 236 and the number of ships near Gaven (Burgos) Reef in Tizard Bank decreased from 234 to 71.”
“Instead of de-escalating the tensions in the disputed waters, they doubled down. This clearly shows that China is shamelessly hellbent on aggravating the situation,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
She also urged Malacañang to condemn China’s “incessant presence” in the West Philippine Sea.
“The Palace should look Beijing straight in the eye and tell her to remove her ships from our territories,” she said.
As of writing, the DFA has yet to issue a statement on the matter.
Two months ago, the DFA summoned Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian for the first time over Beijing’s continued swarming of Julian Felipe Reef with over 200 of its vessels.
China has ignored the arbitral ruling that invalidated its nine-dash claim over the vast part of the South China Sea, including parts of the West Philippine Sea.
The DFA has repeatedly fired off diplomatic protest and called for the immediate withdrawal of the vessels.
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.
The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.
“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”
“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC
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