China supports Philippines to prevent terrorism

01 July, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Valerie Burke
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In the same speech, the President also opened the doors for assistance from allies overseas in a bid to get more help for the rebuilding of Marawi overrun by self-styled local terrorists.

On hand to receive the donation was President Duterte, who said this deed signals a "new era of bilateral friendship" between the two countries.

"The donation is not big, but it is big in the sense that it marks a new era of relations between our two militaries, and it comes at the right time", said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, citing ongoing clashes between government troops and Muslim militants in the southern city of Marawi.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday accepted 3,000 rifles and 6 million pieces of ammunition from China in a ceremony at Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

The President said he welcomed other global partners in rebuilding Marawi City, as he extended this partnership to allies who share in the principles of goodwill and noninterference to domestic affairs.

'INTELLIGENCE SHARING' Mr. Zhao said the donation of weapons was the "first batch" only.

Zhao also announced Wednesday that China would donate 5 million pesos ($99,000) to the families of soldiers killed in Marawi.

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He expressed gratitude for the "friendly" and "cooperative" policies of the Duterte administration towards China.

The Chinese government supports the Philippines' effort to achieve national and economic development and maintain stability, Li said. "I hope the China participation in the rehabilitation of Mindanao will help the comprehensive settlement of the issue of terrorism", Zhao said.

Relations between the two countries have never been stronger since President Duterte took office a year ago and announced a foreign policy shift towards rapprochment with its neighbors, including China and Russian Federation.

"This is not only to strengthen our country's commitment to support each other during times of need, but also highlights the dawn of a new era in Philippine-Chinese relations", said Mr. Duterte. "In the future, in keeping with the Philippines' needs, we will continue to provide necessary assistance and help".

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.

Duterte told reporters the military aid would have to be inventoried and would be equally divided as needed to the military and the police.

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