Philippines' President-elect Marcos vows to foster deeper ties with China

Philippines' President-elect Marcos vows to foster deeper ties with China

The Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos waits at the House of Representatives, Quezon City, Philippines, on May 25, 2022, during his proclamation ceremony. AARON FAVILA AP MANILA Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos promised on Friday to foster stronger and deeper Philippines-China relations during his six-year administration.

In his speech at the awards ceremony for Filipinos that contributed to the promotion of the Philippines-China mutual understanding, the newly elected Philippine leader lauded China's role in helping the Philippines fight the COVID 19 epidemic.

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Marcos pledged to uphold an independent policy.

The Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, said that the past six years China-Philippines relations have been consolidated, and China became the Philippines' largest trading partner, second-largest export market, and the major source of foreign investments.

I am fully confident that my relations will open a new chapter and will be upgraded to new heights," Huang said.

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The Association for Philippine-China Understanding and the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines on Friday honored 11 Filipinos, including former President Joseph Estrada, who helped forge a better understanding between the neighboring Asian countries.