Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has officially inaugurated the Chinese consulate general in Davao, a move that further underscores the growing cooperation between Manila and Beijing.
Wang arrived on Sunday for a two-day visit in the Philippines that would include bilateral meetings with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and other local officials.
In his remarks, Locsin welcomed the opening of the Chinese consulate general.
“Being the biggest Philippine city in terms of land area, and the third largest in terms of population, the inauguration of the Chinese consulate general here in Davao is an auspicious sign of the city’s promise and the bright prospects for our engagement with China,” Locsin said in his remarks.
Locsin said he was pleased with the positive turnaround and vigorous momentum in Philippines-China relations.
“The Philippines has always been a friend of China,” the Secretary said, as he recalled how he broke through the Western news embargo on China in 1967 to see for himself and tell the world of the progress that China had made.
Locsin said he is looking forward to sitting down and discussing with State Councilor Wang on Monday ways to further advance Philippines-China relations through cooperation in various areas.
These areas include trade, investments, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, and education, science and technology, anti-terrorism, anti-narcotics, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges. This is the first time State Councilor Wang is visiting Davao.
“Davao is a rapidly growing metropolis that also signifies the friendship between our peoples and the great strides that we have accomplished in the bilateral relations between our two countries,” Locsin said.
Davao is renowned for its strategic location and connectivity, a gateway to the rich resources and culture of Mindanao. It also accounts for 40 percent of Chinese fruit imports from the Philippines. – BusinessNews.ph