Xi Jinping writes Duterte a 'thank you' letter after PH state visit - The Daily Sentry

Saturday, November 24, 2018



Xi Jinping writes Duterte a 'thank you' letter after PH state visit



President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the latter at the Boao State Guesthouse back in April 2018 / Presidential Photo




The Philippine-China relation has reached a new historic high and all of that can be attributed to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s decision to extend his friendship hand to China.

The two-day State visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping was clearly watched by others- meaning the political opposition and those of the different members of the diplomatic corps most especially those who have a stake in what could be Asia’s next flashpoint in the West Philippine Sea.


'Truly pleased'

After a record high of 29 signed agreements between the countries and despite a pocket of militant groups protesting the East Asia leader’s arrival in Philippine soil the two day State visit is nothing but successful for both parties.

The Chinese leader wrote a letter of thanks to President Duterte which was released by the Chinese embassy yesterday, November 23. Xi Jinping is very thankful for the Filipino people’s friendship and hospitality:

"During my visit, I had talks with you, and held meetings with House Speaker Gloria Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III. We had in-depth exchange of views, reached important agreement on our bilateral relations and issues of shared interest, and witness the signing of a series of cooperation documents. I am truly pleased with the fruitful outcomes of this visit," Xi said in his letter.

Value of personal friendship

The Chinese leader takes pride and value with his personal friendship with our very own chief executive.

"I set great store by China-Philippines relations and value my personal friendship with you, Mr. President. I will work with you to strengthen political mutual trust and deepen practical cooperation in all fields so that the tree of China-Philippines friendship will grow more luxuriant and bear more fruits," he added.*

President Xi Jinping wrote in the letter that he is “once again deeply touched” by the Philippine leader’s “sincerity and determination to grow our bilateral relations and by the friendly sentiment of the Philippine people toward the Chinese people.”

‘Deeply impressed’

"I am also deeply impressed by your insight into China-Philippines relations and the current international situation, which proves once again that China and the Philippines are partners in a common journey toward peace and development,” Xi said in his letter.

“We had in-depth exchange of views, reached important agreement on our bilateral relations and issues of shared interest, and witness the signing of a series of cooperation documents,” he said.

The renewed warm diplomatic relations between the two countries was the stark contrast during the Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III presidency.

That is also why some sides have been so critical of the Duterte and Xi relationship, mainly, because they have alleged that this is the reason why the Philippine president is very soft in his stance in the West Philippine Sea island grabbing of China despite the country’s victory in the 2016 arbitral ruling where it was declared that China’s nine dash theory is voided in claiming almost the entire South China Sea.