Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday reiterated China’s commitment to work hand-in-hand with the Philippines in the latter’s effort to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his Mandarin remarks, interpreted by a translator, Wang said China will position itself by supporting the Philippine government in fighting the pandemic, by means of ushering in vaccines.
Wang is in the country for a state visit.
“I just want to emphasize that in the process of Philippine people’s fight against the epidemic, China, as the Philippines’ nearest neighbor, will stand firmly with the Filipino people until you completely overcome the pandemic,” according to the interpreted speech of Wang.
The Philippine government has been dealing with China with the roll-out of Chinese serum developed Sinovac Biotech, in which according to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, the government has already secured 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with the first 50,000 expected to arrive in February.
Wang also added that “In the New Year, the post pandemic era, I hope we can plan our cooperation and projects early to bring more fruitful cooperation between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin has related the on-track high–level engagement with Wang, which according to him demonstrates strong and manifold ties that bind the Philippines and China.
“Having just last year celebrated 45 years of diplomatic relations, we continue to manifest the importance we attach to our bilateral relations. Certainly, on the Philippines’ part, our ties with China stand among our most important bilateral relationships. China’s position as the Philippines’ top trading partner for four years now, and as a leading investment, ODA and tourism source, highlight China’s significance to our country,” Locsin told Wang’s delegation.
He expressed that amid the post-pandemic recovery of the Philippines and the rest of the world, China’s powerful economy and the biggest consumer middle class in history at 800 million, was indeed an imperative role in the post-pandemic global recovery.
“COVID-19 has posed the most trying of challenges, it is not quite a world war by any means, but the scale and breadth of the havoc this invisible enemy has wreaked across the globe. However, our robust and responsive “Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation” has already adapted and risen to the occasion,” Locsin averred.
The Foreign Affairs secretary, representing the Philippines, told Chinese delegates that under the guiding hand of President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping, the two country’s engagements at all levels have resumed, noting the two country’s collaboration on priority economic and infrastructure projects that is presently ongoing.