By Liezelle Soriano
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (right) shakes the hand of Chinese President Xi Jinping as they met for the first time on 17 November 2022 on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. It was their first face-to-face meeting after a phone call on 18 May 2022.
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. left on Tuesday for his state visit in China and is anticipated to set the tone for strengthened ties with the regional power in the years to come.
Marcos made the statement before departing on a three-day state visit to China, his first trip there since taking office on June 30, 2022.
“As I leave for Beijing, I will be opening a new chapter in our comprehensive strategic cooperation with China. We will seek to foster meaningful relations and broaden our cooperation in various areas such as agriculture, energy, infrastructure, science and technology, trade and investment, and people-to-people exchanges, among others,” Marcos said.
“I look forward to my meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as we work towards shifting the trajectory of our relations to a higher gear that would hopefully bring numerous prospects and abundant opportunities for the peace and development to the peoples of both our countries,” the President added.
He said that he is also looking forward to discussing political-security issues of a bilateral and regional nature.
“The issues between our two countries are problems that do not belong between two friends such as Philippines and China. We will seek to resolve those issues to mutual benefit of our countries,” the Chief Executive said.