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Xi congratulates Marcos on election as Philippine president

President Xi Jinping delivers a special address in Beijing to the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session, on Jan 17, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos on his election as president of the Republic of the Philippines.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that both China and the Philippines are at a critical stage of development and their relations face important opportunities and enjoy broad prospects

China and the Philippines are neighbors facing each other across the sea and partners through thick and thin, Xi said.

Xi stressed that both China and the Philippines are at a critical stage of development and their relations face important opportunities and enjoy broad prospects.

Noting that he attaches great importance to the development of the bilateral ties, Xi said he is ready to establish a good working relationship with Marcos to uphold good-neighborliness and joint development, and further advance the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship to benefit the two countries and their people.

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On the same day, Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan also sent a message to Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio to congratulate her on her election as vice-president of the Philippines.