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Li Keqiang Meets with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines

On the afternoon of October 20, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who was on a state visit to China.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and the Philippines are neighbors separated by only a strip of water and have a long history of friendly exchanges. This morning, President Xi Jinping and you held productive talks, mapping out an overall plan for bilateral relations and cooperation in the next stage. Attaching importance to developing relations with the Philippines, China is willing to make joint efforts with the Philippine side to meet each other halfway and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in all areas, so as to pull China-Philippines relations back on a normal track and bring tangible benefits to the two peoples.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China always adheres to resolve bilateral contradictions and differences through dialogue and consultation between parties directly concerned. The South China Sea issue is not and should not be the sum total of China-Philippines relations. The common interests between the two countries far outweigh differences. It is hoped that both sides can jointly promote good-neighborly and friendly cooperation and stick to control and manage differences through bilateral dialogue and consultation, which not only conforms to the common interests of the two sides, but also is conducive to regional peace, stability, development and prosperity.

Li Keqiang stressed that as two developing countries, China and the Philippines face the important tasks of developing economy and improving people's livelihood. Both sides share sound foundation and conditions in dovetailing development strategies as well as great potential in deepening mutually beneficial cooperation. We are willing to, together with the Philippines, launch cooperation in connectivity, infrastructure construction, production capacity and other fields, boost the development and cooperation in trade and investment and enhance cooperation in such fields as agriculture and finance, so as to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

Li Keqiang noted that at present China-ASEAN relations have maintained sustained and stable development and reaped fruitful outcomes from practical cooperation. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ASEAN as well as the Year of China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation, and the Philippines will take over the ASEAN's rotating presidency. China is willing to take this as an opportunity to enhance communication, coordination and cooperation with the Philippines within the China-ASEAN framework, stick to the general development direction of China-ASEAN relations and push for continuous development of bilateral cooperation.

Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines-China friendship enjoys profound basis. Upholding independent foreign policies, the Philippine side stands ready to develop friendly cooperation with China, and hopes to strengthen exchanges and deepen practical cooperation in various fields with China, so as to push for the development of bilateral relations in a right direction. The Philippines is willing to learn from China's beneficial experience on economic development, poverty alleviation and other aspects so as to improve the Philippine government's governance capacity and aid the Philippines' economic and social development as well as livelihood improvement.

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