By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met face-to-face for the first time during the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
The agreement to increase bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and China was accordingly discussed. Enhancing economic and development cooperation is essential, Marcos emphasized.
Agriculture, trade, infrastructure, energy, inter-group relations, and pandemic response were among the areas of cooperation that were explored.
“There has been tremendous growth in exchanges and cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and people-to-people ties between the two countries,” President Marcos told President Xi.
President Marcos thanked President Xi for China’s donation of 20,000 tons of urea fertilizers. He also said that COVID-19 cooperation helped strengthen trust, with China being the first to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the country.
Both leaders agreed to take into account further infrastructural initiatives.
Xi used the construction of the Davao-Samal bridge in Davao as an outstanding illustration of an infrastructure partnership.
He expressed gratitude to Marcos for coming to the bridge project’s groundbreaking ceremony in person.