BEIJING – China has responded to the statement by the Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte by offering to join efforts in improving bilateral ties.
The response was given Wednesday by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing.
Duterte earlier said his country would not engage China with military confrontations and would rather reap the benefits from friendly relations between the two countries.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in a press briefing that Beijing would also like to work together with the Duterte administration to bring the bilateral ties back on track.
Hua said China has always pursued a foreign policy of building good neighborly relationships and partnerships with its neighboring countries including the Philippines.
“We believe that it is in the fundamental interests of both China and the Philippines and in the shared anticipation of the two peoples to handle related issues properly and to bring the bilateral relations back on track of sound and stable development. It will provide a good opportunity for both sides to improve peoples’ livelihood and realize common development. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts toward that end with the new government of the Philippines,” Hua said.