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Palace hopeful Filipinos will soon view China favorably

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang expressed confidence that the Filipinos’ perception of China will improve once the deepening economic ties between China and the Philippines yield positive returns.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the remark in response to a Social Weather Stations survey that 44 percent of Filipino adults do not believe that the Chinese government has good intentions for Filipinos.

Only 27 percent said otherwise while 29 percent were undecided.

“We are seeing that there would be a change of hearts and minds from those undecided and even those who disagree — whom we believe are used to the United States as our long-standing ally – once our enhanced ties with China start to yield positive economic results,” said Panelo in a statement on Monday.

The Filipino people, according to him, must understand that the Philippines should build other relationships “so they would have a deeper understanding and better appreciation of why President Duterte has charted a path of broader diplomatic relations with the international community”

He added, “With such mindset, they will realize that all these policies of the Administration are intended not for any foreign race or nationality but for the sole benefit of the Filipino people.”

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