President of China Xi Jinping
MANILA — The government of China has joined the growing number of members of the international community, in commending the country for conducting smooth and credible conduct of the May 9 national and local elections.
This developed as China also extended its greetings to President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and his running mate Vice-President-elect Inday Sara Duterte.
“I am honored to forward the congratulatory message from H.E. President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on your elections as president of the Republic of the Philippines,” said Huang Xilian, Ambassador of China to the Philippines in a letter addressed to Marcos.
“Again, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines and in my own name, I would like to convey my heartfelt congratulations on Your Excellency’s election as the 17th President of the Philippines,” the letter added.
The official added that they are looking forward to working with the new administration to “bring our relationship of comprehensive strategic cooperation to new heights.”
Earlier, Zhao Lijian, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, commended the Philippines in the Smooth conduct of elections.
“China congratulates the Philippines on the smooth presidential election. Our congratulations also go to the leading candidates. We hope and believe that various political forces in the Philippines will continue to work in solidarity for national renewal and development,” said Zhao
Earlier, US, Japan, and European Union have already commended the peaceful and orderly elections in the country as they also congratulated president-elect Marcos.
Marcos is poised to win via landslide after garnering more than 31 million votes that placed him miles ahead of Leni Robredo who obtained just a little over 14 million votes.
Zhao said, China and the Philippines enjoy a long-standing traditional friendship.
“We are good partners for mutually-beneficial cooperation and fellow travelers on the road to common development. Under the strategic guidance of our heads of state, bilateral relations have been steadily upgraded,” Zhao also said.
“The flourishing relationship has delivered benefits to both peoples and contributed to regional peace and stability,” Zhao noted.
The Chinese official also stressed that China will continue to work together with the Philippines to stay committed to good neighborliness and friendship, focus on post-COVID growth, expand win-win cooperation, and bring more tangible benefits to both peoples. (AI/MTVN)