At the beginning of 2023, President Xi Jinping will start a new diplomatic agenda: on January 4, he will hold talks with Philippine President Marcos; on January 6, he will hold talks with Turkmenistan President Sherdar Berdymukhamedov.

Video: First Observation丨Friendship, Mutual Trust, and Cooperation, Head of State's Diplomacy Delivers China's Voice

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  What did President Xi Jinping discuss with the two heads of state?

What details deserve attention?

What kind of Chinese voice was conveyed?

【Continuous friendship opens a new chapter】

  Philippine President Marcos is the first foreign leader received by China this year.

This visit is President Marcos' first visit to China after taking office, and China is also his first official visit outside ASEAN.

It can be seen that both sides attach importance to this visit.

  In 2022, after Marcos was elected president of the Philippines, President Xi Jinping had a phone call with him as soon as possible, and said that "China has always given priority to the Philippines in its neighboring diplomacy."

  President Marcos attaches great importance to the relations between the two countries.

48 years ago, Marcos' father and the older generation of Chinese leaders jointly made the historic decision to establish diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines.

On the eve of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Marcos, who was 17 years old at the time, visited China for the first time with his mother and personally participated in the history of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

After taking office, he mentioned this matter many times, expressing his desire to further enhance bilateral relations.

  "I hope your visit to China this time will not only be a 'journey of nostalgia', but also a 'journey of pioneering'." President Xi Jinping said this during the meeting with President Marcos.

  During the talks, the two heads of state had a long and in-depth communication, reached a new consensus on the future development of China-Philippines relations, made strategic guidance, and agreed to jointly open a new chapter of China-Philippines comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship and be good neighbors who help each other , good relatives who know each other well, and good partners who cooperate and win-win, push bilateral relations to new heights.

  Turkmenistan President Serdar Berdymukhamedov also visited China for the first time after taking office.

  The past year was an important year in the development process of China and Turkey.

The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was successfully held, drawing a grand blueprint for building a modern socialist country in an all-round way; the presidential election of Turkmenistan was successfully held, and a new president took office, formulating a new outline for national economic and social development.

  There is a profound historical coincidence: 31 years ago, on January 6, China and Turkey formally established diplomatic relations; President Dove held talks.

  During the talks, the two sides spoke highly of the fruitful achievements in cooperation and development in various fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 31 years ago. They agreed that the relationship between the two countries has entered a new stage of comprehensive development, and jointly announced that the relationship between the two countries will be upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

  "China is willing to work with Turkey to continue to deepen China-Turkey all-round cooperation, promote the building of a community with a shared future between China and Turkey, and advance bilateral relations to a higher level," President Xi Jinping said.

【Enhance mutual trust and look to the new future】

  Periphery is the foundation for China to settle down, develop and prosper, and it is also the top priority of China's diplomatic layout.

  "Both China and the Philippines are developing countries in Asia. Our development is rooted in a good-neighborly and friendly surrounding environment and in a big Asian family of win-win cooperation." President Xi Jinping emphasized that China is willing to focus on cooperation and development with the Philippines and other ASEAN countries to maintain To ensure the centrality of ASEAN in regional cooperation, promote the construction of the "five major homes", and help the region to get rid of the shadow of the Cold War, free from confrontation between camps, and continue to become a highland for development and prosperity.

  President Marcos said that he hopes to prove to the world through this visit that the relationship between the Philippines and China is very good and important. Both sides attach great importance to their relationship and are committed to elevating the relationship between the Philippines and China to a new height.

"China is the strongest cooperative partner of the Philippines. Nothing can stop the continuation and development of the friendship between the Philippines and China. The Philippines adheres to the one-China policy. The Philippines is willing to continue to properly handle maritime issues through friendly consultations and restart oil and gas development consultations with China."

  As an important hub connecting Asia and Europe, the Central Asia region is an important direction for China's surrounding areas.

During the talks with President Serdar Berdymukhamedov, President Xi Jinping specifically mentioned the "China + Five Central Asian Countries" cooperation mechanism.

  At the beginning of last year, President Xi Jinping held a video summit with the heads of state of the five Central Asian countries to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

All countries agreed to raise the "China + Five Central Asian Countries" mechanism to the level of heads of state.

  This time, President Xi Jinping proposed to strengthen communication and cooperation with Turkey to successfully host the first "China + Five Central Asian Countries" summit, which was highly praised and fully supported by Turkey.

【Strengthen cooperation to create new highlights】

  China-Philippines cooperation has a profound tradition.

Agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges are key areas of cooperation between the two countries.

During the talks, President Xi Jinping compared these four key areas of cooperation to the "four beams and eight pillars" supporting the China-Philippines comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship, and pointed out that great efforts should be made to cultivate growth points and create new highlights.

  The Philippine side also has a positive attitude towards this.

According to Philippine media reports, in addition to the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister of Tourism, and the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, President Marcos' entourage also includes a large-scale business delegation.

During this visit, the two sides signed more than ten cooperation documents, covering agriculture and fishery, infrastructure, finance, customs, e-commerce, tourism and other fields.

President Marcos said that these cooperation documents will greatly help the Philippine national economic development.

  President Serdar Berdymukhamedov also attaches great importance to the docking of development strategies with China.

Accompanying him on his visit to China were six deputy prime ministers.

  The media noticed that among the series of important cooperation documents signed by China and Turkey, there is a "Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Turkmenistan on the Joint Construction of the "Belt and Road" Initiative and the Strategic Docking of the "Revival of the Silk Road"" .

  "Turkey is willing to actively promote the docking of the 'Revival of the Silk Road' strategy with the 'Belt and Road' initiative."

President Berdymukhamedov said.

  This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping.

At present, the "Belt and Road" initiative has achieved full coverage in Central Asia, and the signing of the memorandum of understanding will undoubtedly inject new impetus into the cooperation between China and Turkey.

  At the same time, China and Turkey also signed cooperation documents in the fields of green development, digital economy, health, culture, sports, news media, and natural gas.

Natural gas cooperation is the cornerstone of China-Turkey relations.

During the talks, the two sides agreed to jointly implement the existing agreement, step up the process of natural gas negotiations, accelerate the implementation of major projects, and actively expand cooperation in the natural gas industry and other fields.

  At the beginning of the new year, President Xi Jinping and the visiting presidents of the two countries talked about friendship, mutual trust, and cooperation, based on a new starting point, and charted a new future.

Under the guidance of head-of-state diplomacy, major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics will continue to achieve new and greater achievements in the new year.

  Planning: Huo Xiaoguang

  Chief Writer: Wu Yue

  Video reporter: Zhang Qiao

  Coordinator: Liu Hua, Liu Dongkai, Wang Xuan

  Visual丨Editors: Wu Jingjing, Zhang Huihui

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