BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday sent a congratulatory message to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between their two countries and the 119th anniversary of the Philippines’ independence.
The Philippines has made important achievements in national construction under the leadership of Duterte, said Xi, and he expressed heartfelt congratulations to such achievements.
“The Chinese and Philippine peoples have a profound traditional friendship,” said the Chinese president, noting that the two countries returned to the right track of good neighborly relations last year with efforts from both sides.
Their cooperation in all fields are flourishing, which has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples, said Xi.
As China and the Philippines are close neighbors, the two developing countries share the same missions in safeguarding national security, realizing common development and promoting regional peace and stability, Xi stressed.
“I attach great importance to China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you to lead our two countries to continue our mutual assistance, support and common development in bids to bring benefits to both peoples and the peoples across the region,” said Xi.
VISITS TO CHINA BY PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTS:
President Ferdinand E. Marcos: 7 June 1975
President Corazon C. Aquino: 14 April 1988
President Fidel V. Ramos: 25 April 1993
President Joseph E. Estrada: 16 May 2000
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: 29 October 2001; 1-3 September 2004; 27 October-2 November 2006; 21 April 2007; 5-6 June 2007; 1-2 October 2007; 30 March -1 April 2008,7-10 August 2008; 23-27 October 2008, 8-9 June 2010
President Benigno S. Aquino III, 30 August – 2 September 2011; 9-11 November 2014 (APEC Economic Leaders’ Week)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 18-21 October 2016; Scheduled on May 14-15, 2017 (One Belt One Road Leaders Summit)