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Wang Yi: China Stands Ready to Give Helping Hand to the Philippines in Counter-Terrorism

On June 29, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano of the Philippines jointly met the press after their talks in Beijing.

In response to question on China-Philippines cooperation in counter-terrorism, Wang Yi said that combating terrorism is a common responsibility of all countries. As a responsible country in the international community, China has always been participating in international counter-terrorism cooperation in its own way, playing a constructive role to this end. Now, the Philippines, China’s neighbor, is seriously threatened by terrorism, and China will certainly give a helping hand without hesitation. Yesterday, China delivered the first batch of emergency aid materials and equipment to the Philippines. We will continue to provide necessary support and assistance to the country according its needs, including participating in the post-war placement and reconstruction in Malawi. China will also continue to advance and implement major cooperation projects agreed by both sides, help the country develop economy, improve people’s livelihood, get rid of drugs, and eliminate the soil that breeds terrorism. In the meantime, China is willing to, together with countries in this region including the Philippines, actively carry out cooperation in intelligence sharing, information exchanges, joint law enforcement, combating cyber terrorism and transnational terrorism activities, so as to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in this region.

Wang Yi noted that at present, the Philippines has made great progress in combating terrorism. It is believed that under the strong leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines will definitely defeat all challenges including terrorism and well maintain national security and stability. What I want to tell the Philippine people is that when facing troubles and challenges, China and the Chinese people will firmly stand together with you, since we are close neighbors helping each other as well as partners with friendly cooperation.

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