Chinese, Philippine Presidents Discuss Relations
Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his Philippine
counterpart, Joseph Estrada, held talks in Auckland on September 12 to discuss relations
between the two countries.
During the talks, Jiang said that relations between
China and the Philippines are generally favorable and that great progress has been made in
bilateral friendly cooperation in all fields since the two countries established
The progress has come as a result of joint efforts by
both countries over the past two decades, he said.
As the progress has not come easily, it should be
treasured, he added.
China attaches importance to its relations with the
Philippines, a major member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN), and is
willing to expand the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in all
fields, Jiang said.
"We should focus our attention on the fundamental
interests of the peoples of the two countries, and promote the development of bilateral
relations toward long-term stability," he said.
As China and the Philippines are close neighbors, many
problems can be settled as long as the two sides can exchange views sincerely, he
Estrada agreed that relations between the Philippines
and China are favorable. He expressed confidence that exchanges and cooperation between
the two countries in the fields of economy, trade, science, technology, agriculture,
finance and others will be further strengthened.
He said he expects Chinese leaders to attend the
forthcoming informal meeting in the Philippines of leaders from ASEAN as well as from
China, Japan and South Korea.
In response, Jiang said that the meeting will be of
great significance to enhancing mutual understanding and confidence among East Asian
countries, strengthening mutual cooperation among them and promoting stability and
development of the region.
The talks between Jiang and Estrada were held ahead of
the informal meeting of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum,
scheduled to open here later Sunday. (Xinhua)
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