Pimentel, Li discuss PH-China party-to-party relations

MANILA — Philippine Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday discussed efforts to strengthen Philippine-China ties not just through diplomatic channels but also party-to-party relations.

Pimentel is also the Party President of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino�Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) while Li is a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

“There is so much potential for cooperation between our countries. After all, the Philippines and China have had relations long before there was a People’s Republic of China or a Republic of the Philippines, Pimentel said in a press statement.

At present, there is already an agreement on friendship and cooperation between the two ruling parties.

Pimentel will be representing PDP-Laban in talks with the CPC and ruling parties of other major countries in Beijing this December.

What Premier Li and I want is to establish a long-standing relationship which would be immune to the issues of the day, and built on the friendship of our two nations, and not just our governments, he added.

During the meeting, Li pledged that China will provide grants to help rebuild the City of Marawi.

In turn, the senators said they would activate the Philippine-China Friendship Association in the Senate and to facilitate an exchange of parliamentarians with the National People’s Congress of China.

The meeting, hosted by Li, was held at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City and included Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Emmanuel Pacquiao, and Sherwin Gatchalian.

Source: Philippine News Agency

Security in SE Asia boosted by planned ASEAN, China COC talks

MANILA � The threat of armed confrontation in Southeast Asia had been reduced significantly after the ASEAN and China had agreed to start talks on a Code of Conduct in the South China, a defense official said Wednesday.

“The agreement between ASEAN and China to begin discussions on the Code of Conduct is a positive step towards achieving a peaceful, stable and secure region,” said Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs office chief, Arsenio Andolong.

“Aside from being a significant milestone, it is an indication that ASEAN and China are focusing on deeper cooperation rather than confrontation, which augurs well for all parties,” Andolong added.

On Monday, ASEAN leaders and China have agreed to start talks on the Code of Conduct based on the Framework approved by Foreign Ministers in August.

China has graciously agreed to a Code of Conduct and it binds itself to the agreement, President Rodrigo Duterte said following the conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits Tuesday.

He said China also pledged to adhere to the international principle of freedom of navigation and overflight in the strategic sea, where an estimated USD3 trillion worth of trade passes every year.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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