Statement by Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines On the Future Government-to-Government Infrastructure Cooperation
2022-07-17 13:28

In the past 6 years, China and the Philippines have deepened the synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the latter's national development programme, the government-to-government cooperation between China and the Philippines has seen fruitful results and delivered tangible benefits with efforts from both sides. Currently, 17 projects in total have been completed, and more than 20 projects are under implementation or in progress. Over the past two years, Covid-19 has impacted implementation of some projects, hindering the site availability, causing delays of procurement, affecting goods mobility, and so on. Despite those difficulties and challenges, our two sides have worked tirelessly to push the projects forward and yielded rich outcomes, spanning from anti-pandemic response, disaster relief to infrastructure, agriculture, and other fields. 

The phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and President Bongbong Marcos Jr. and the recent high-level visits have ushered in a new era of China-Philippine friendship. Governments of the two countries are dedicated to further enhancing friendship and mutual trust, adhering to good-neighborliness and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation. China’s policy towards the Philippines has always been and will continue to be consistent and stable as ever. It is also believed that continuity would be secured in our relations as well as the bilateral practical cooperation. Looking forward, China will build on the past fruition and further our cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, energy, people-to-people exchange, and other fields. 

As to infrastructure, China has comprehensive strength and is well-known for its quality and speed. China will tap its own advantage and support the Philippines to improve its infrastructure. Our two sides have been negotiating technical issues and made positive progress to move the projects forward. China is open for technical discussions over our G-to-G projects, and is ready to carry our cooperation forward, in close communication with the Philippine new administration.

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