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Li Zhaoxing Holds Talks with Philippine Foreign Minister
MFA China (press release), China - 2005/03/02

On March 1, 2005, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing held talks with visiting Philippine Foreign Minister Alberto Romulo.

Noting good momentum of development in bilateral relations in recent years, Li said the political mutual trust between China and the Philippines has been constantly strengthened and substantive cooperation continuously deepened. The two countries have achieved positive progress in jointly exploring resources in the South China Sea, and maintained sound coordination and support in international and regional affairs.

Li expressed appreciations to the Philippine government for adhering to the one-China policy, saying that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Philippines and China would like to join hands with the Philippines in seizing the opportunity to jointly push forward bilateral ties to achieve greater development.

Romulo said the Philippine government attaches great importance to cooperating with China in various fields. He said the development of bilateral relations is now in the best period, and the Philippines is willing to make concerted efforts with China and take the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and China to promote bilateral relations to a new high. Romulo made positive comments over the joint exploration between the two countries in the South China Sea, reiterating that the Philippine government will continue to firmly stick to the one-China policy.

The two sides also exchanged views on such issues as China-ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) relations and the East Asia Summit.