China seeks to allay Belt and Road debt concerns

China seeks to allay Belt and Road debt concerns

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on April 25, 2019.

President Rodrigo Duterte has called on different countries to have a "collective action" on climate change amid the concerning impacts of weather disturbances on developing countries. This is a ceremonial handover of the drug treatment facilities in Sarangani and Agusan del Norte provided by China through grant.

THE Philippines and China signed agreements Thursday on identifying priority investments and the rehabilitation of drug abusers, the President's spokesperson said.

He also said that the Philippines and China "must continue to work together to explore new areas of cooperation and partnership".

The prime minister said that China was Pakistan's closest friend and he looked forward to meeting his good friends President Xi and Premier Li for an in-depth exchange of views on all issues of mutual interest.

He said there was a "very frank but constructive" discussion between Xi and Duterte, who raised the global arbitral ruling, which the Chinese leader still refused to recognize.

This is Dr Mahathir's second visit to China since leading the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition of political parties to victory in Malaysia's 14th General Election in May previous year.

In his meeting with Xi on Thursday, Duterte raised the West Philippine Sea dispute, the situation at Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, which had been swarmed by almost 300 Chinese vessels mostly belonging to China's maritime militia since January, and the harvesting of endangered giant clams at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

He added that Duterte articulated to Xi his position that the Philippines remains China's ally in Southeast Asia.

Unlike the first summit in 2017, where Xi said Chinese banks will lend 380 billion yuan ($56.4 billion) to support BRI cooperation, he did not give a figure for new financing support. At the same time, Sta.

The Philippine government, Mr. Duterte also said, would like to hear Mr. Xi's thoughts on "progress achieved in further strengthening bilateral relations and recent developments in our region". Romana said. Earlier, former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales filed a complaint against Xi, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and China's Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua for committing crimes against humanity in connection to China's efforts to dominate the South China Sea.

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