Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

China supports Philippines to prevent terrorism

China supports Philippines to prevent terrorism

Li added that China stands ready to work with the parties involved to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on Conducts of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and push forward consultation based on the framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea, so that the two countries can conduct mutually beneficial cooperation and contribute to maintaining regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines-China donated on Wednesday P370 million worth of guns to the Philippines in its bid to strengthen the country's battle against terrorist.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has opted to court China for its business and investment and avoid the rows over maritime sovereignty that dogged his predecessors.

Zhao said the two militaries "have already entered a new phase of dialogue and cooperation" after Duterte's successful state visit to China in October 2016.

"I think it is very important for the two militaries to exchange best practices, share intelligence, and even consider the possibility of having joint training exercises because the objective is clear", Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said Thursday.

He also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to link countries through infrastructure development as "a big idea in a world that is searching and wanting for big ideas". The Philippines is also conducting joint naval patrols with Indonesia and Malaysia to seal off the waters between the Sulu archipelago and Sabah to terrorists.

The previous Philippine government filed a case in 2013 with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on maritime boundaries.

Duterte said the firearms and ammunitions donated by China to the Philippines would be a big boost in the battle against terrorism. China declined to recognise the ruling.

According to Li, China supports the Philippines, as ASEAN's rotating chair, to hold the East Asian Leaders' meetings on cooperation slated for this year.

The relationship has increasingly overshadowed the Philippines' longstanding ties with the United States.

"We welcome whatever assistance that the Chinese government can provide", she noted.

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