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Chinese, Philippine Presidents Discuss Relations

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  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 diplomatic relations.

  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 stressed.

  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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