Duterte vows not to harm China’s interest during phone conversation with President Xi

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China stands ready to work with the Philippines to keep bilateral relations on the right track and achieve steady and long-term development, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a phone conversation with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, who praised China as a “friend indeed” and promised not to harm China’s interests in geopolitics.

Xi said China attaches great importance to relations with the Philippines, and supports the Philippine side in firmly upholding an independent foreign policy of peace.

Xi said China is ready to deepen friendship and mutual trust with the Philippines, and stay committed to the general direction of good-neighborliness and friendship.

Xi said that China-Philippine relations in the past few years have brought the people of the two countries concrete interests and provided positive energy to regional peace and stability. 

He stressed that winning over the COVID-19…

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