China News Service, Manila, March 3 (Reporter Guan Xiangdong) On March 3, local time, the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine China Association (hereinafter referred to as "Philippines") jointly held the first "China-Philippines" online Manila Forum".
Jin Liqun, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, delivered a keynote speech. Former Philippine President and Honorary Chairman Arroyo of the Philippines, Ambassador Huang Xilian, and Philippine Minister of Trade and Industry Lopez delivered speeches respectively.
The Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, the Deputy Governor of the Asian Development Bank, the founding secretary-general of the Asian Financial Cooperation Association, representatives of the Presidential Palace of the Philippines, central and local government officials, members of Congress, representatives of political parties, well-known experts from China and the Philippines, scholars and journalists, etc. People are present.
The forum was simultaneously broadcast live on new media platforms such as the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, China Philippines, China Philippines Television, China-ASEAN Report, and more than 5,000 people watched and interacted in real time.
Former Philippine President Arroyo gave a congratulatory speech. She thanked China for keeping its promise to donate vaccines to the Philippines, saying that this is the first batch of vaccines the Philippines ushered in, and it provided valuable help for the Philippines to start vaccination as soon as possible and ultimately overcome the epidemic.
The Philippines and China are neighbors to each other and have close economic, trade, and cultural ties.
China is one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world, and developing relations with China is the priority of the Philippines’ foreign relations.
Continuing to develop Philippine-China relations will help the Philippines realize economic recovery and long-term development at an early date.
Ambassador Huang Xilian delivered an opening speech, stating that the "China-Philippines Manila Forum" was jointly launched by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and His Excellency Arroyo during his visit to the Philippines earlier this year, aiming to create a China-Philippines "increasing mutual trust, promoting cooperation, and resolving differences." A new platform for dialogue and exchange.
At present, human society is experiencing multiple crises such as the raging epidemic and economic recession. The theme of this forum is "Working Together to Promote Economic Recovery-China's Role in the Economic Recovery of the Region After the Epidemic". What changes have been brought about by society, how to win the global victory in the fight against the epidemic as soon as possible, where is the way out of the economic recession, and what path we will choose to enter the post-epidemic world.
China is practicing this kind of thinking and exploration with practical actions, and is willing to work with regions and countries in the world, including the Philippines, to find a way to recover, and work together to illuminate a bright future.
Minister Lopez introduced the Philippines’ measures to fight the epidemic and promote economic recovery and the progress of Philippine-China cooperation projects. He said that Philippine-China relations have lasted for a thousand years, and since President Duterte took office in 2016, it has blossomed in various fields such as economy and trade. Continue to make important progress.
China’s donation of vaccines to the Philippines once again proves the profound friendship between the two peoples.
It is believed that China's rapid economic growth will provide an important impetus for the Philippine recovery as soon as possible.
President Jin Liqun delivered a keynote speech, stating that the epidemic has caused a severe impact on a global scale, and no region or country can survive alone.
This crisis has also revealed the deficiencies and deficiencies in the international community's economic and social development, especially in the field of medical and health care.
The AIIB is cooperating with international multilateral institutions and the private sector to help member countries respond to public health and development challenges.
The AIIB has so far provided the Philippines with US$750 million in loans to help the Philippines fight the epidemic and recover its economy.
Jin Liqun pointed out that the world is facing many challenges after the epidemic. The international community should strengthen the public health system, expand and deepen pragmatic cooperation in innovative ways, continue to promote infrastructure construction, jointly address climate change issues, and work together to achieve sustainable development.
At present, China's economic recovery is relatively fast among countries in the world, which will effectively promote the economic recovery and sustained growth of regional countries.
President Jin Liqun also answered questions on how to practice multilateralism, face the challenges after the epidemic, and better assist countries in fighting the epidemic and sustainable development.