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SRCIC Member Reports: China-Philippines Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum
24 Mar 2017

 

 Upper left and in the middle: Mr. Ramon Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines and Mr. Francis Chua, Founding Chair of SRCIC the Philippines welcome H. E. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang.

Upper right: Mr. Shi Qingwei, Deputy Executive Chairman of SRCIC the Philippines (right) extends a warm welcome to H.E. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang (left) and Mr. Jiang Zengwei, Chairman of CCPIT (middle).

Photo below: H.E. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang receives a warm welcome at the Forum.

 

(Photo credit: XU Longjie)

 

China-Philippines Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Cross-Border Trade and Investment Matching were held in Manila Hotel on Mar. 18, the Philippines. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang was present at the Forum and delivered a keynote speech. President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte made a speech in a pre-recorded video. Ramon Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines attended the meeting and spoke.

 

Co-hosted by Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines (DTI), Bank of China (BOC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), ICC Philippines (member of SRCIC), and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), around 500 business representatives from China and Philippines participated in the Forum. Secretary of DTI Ramon Lopez, Global President of BOC Chen Siqing, and Chairman of CCPIT Jiang Zengwei gave their speeches separately. Founding Chairman of SRCIC the Philippines Francis Chua acted as the host of the Forum.

 

 

The upper photo (left to right): Mr. Francis Chua, Host of the Forum, Mr. Chen Siqing, President of Bank of China, Mr. Ramon Lopez, Secretary of DTI, Mr. Jiang Zengwei, Chairman of CCPIT, and H.E. Wang Yang Chinese Vice Premier deliver their speeches.

The lower photo: H.E. President Rodrigo Duterte sends a video message.

(Photo credit: XU Longjie)

 

Wang Yang, in his speech, mentioned that China and the Philippines are looking at each other from across the sea as close neighbors, and their two peoples have a history of thousands of years of friendly exchange. In 1975, the Philippines and China signed a landmark diplomatic relations communications agreement, successfully building a bridge of friendship and cooperation. With the joint efforts of both sides, and the overall stable development of relations between China and the Philippines, great progress was made in cooperation in various fields. In October last year, Chairman Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte had a landmark meeting, opening a new chapter in the relations between China and the Philippines, and promoting lasting pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

 

He stressed that China and the Philippines are steadfast neighbors. Although the relations between the two countries have experienced some bumps along the way, the neighborly friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation has always been the overall theme. Historical diplomatic ties of over 42 years have provided the following enlightenment: Being a good neighbor, a good friend, and a good partner is the only correct choice. As long as both parties believe in mutual faith and righteousness, firmly move forward on the road of reconciliation, stay on the path of neighborly friendship, and expand common interests and pragmatic cooperation through dialogues and consultations to properly manage their differences, the relations between China and the Philippines will continue to stride forward.

 

“My visit to the Philippines is a journey of friendship and also of cooperation. The core task is to implement the consensus of two national leaders’ meeting and push forward the collaboration in all sectors of our two countries.” Mr. Wang encouraged the enterprises to take the good opportunities of the good timing between the two countries, especially the small and medium-sized enterprises, to expand the bilateral business relations to a more spacious area and to a higher degree.

 

Mr. Wang also paid a visit to Sta. Ana Pier and Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.

 

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