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Cayetano to Chinese Communist Party official: Let’s strengthen political ties

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House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday underscored the good relationship between the Philippines and China during a courtesy call paid by Wang Ning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China’s Beijing Municipal Committee.

“We hope to strengthen the political relationship of the Philippines with the Communist Party of China and the People’s Congress,” the Taguig lawmaker said in the meeting with Wang.

In return Wang echoed the Speaker’s statement saying that the country is in fact an old friend of China.

“How we address each other expresses how close our countries are,” he said.

Wang also extended his invitation to Cayetano to visit China next year. “We look forward to working with you. This visit will contribute to our diplomatic relations.”

He mentioned that in 2020, China and the Philippines would be celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

Cayetano proposed for the two countries to collaborate and prepare a five-year countdown plan for their 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2025.

“I propose that we learn from China’s experience in planning. In 2025, we will be more than neighbors, and we can celebrate our long relationship with China,” he said.

Cayetano also expressed his gratitude to China for the increase in tourists and importations as well as concessionary loans for the completion of infrastructure projects.

Wang was joined by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.

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