Find out the 29 deals signed during Xi Jinping’s meeting with Duterte
PH, China ink 29 deals during Xi’s Manila visit
A total of 29 agreements were signed between the Philippines and China in the first state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Manila.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Xi on Tuesday witnessed the exchange of agreements ceremony after the two leaders held an expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañang Palace.
The 29 deals signed were:
1) Memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation on oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea.
2) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative
3) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Oil and Gas
Development between the Philippines and China
4) Memorandum of Understanding between the Foreign Service Institute of the Republic of the Philippines and the China Foreign Affairs University of the People’s Republic of China
5)Executive Program of the Cultural Agreement between the Philippines and China for 2019-2023
6) Memorandum of Understanding on Basic Education Cooperation between the Department of Education of the Philippines and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
7) Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China
8) Memorandum of Understanding between the Cooperative Development Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China on strengthening the building of agricultural cooperatives
9) Infrastructure Cooperation Program between the two governments
10) Program for Cooperation on Industrial Parks Development
11) Handover Certificate of Emergency Humanitarian Cash Assistance
12) Memorandum of Understanding on Jointly Promoting the Cooperation in Key Infrastructure Projects in Davao Region between the Department of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People’s Republic of China
13) Implementation of the Agreement of the Feasibility Study for Davao City Expressway Project and the Implementation Agreement of the Feasibility Study for Panay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridges Project
14) Memorandum of Understanding on Renminbi Clearing Arrangement
15) Protocol of the Phytosanitary Requirements for Export of Fresh Young Coconuts from the Philippines to China between the Department of Agriculture and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China and the Protocol of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Requirements for Export of Frozen Fruits from the Philippines to China between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China
16) Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Philippines and China
17) Exchange of Letters on Project of Container Inspection Equipment
18) Exchange of Letters on Project of Davao River Bridge Project (Bucana)
19) Exchange of Letters on China Aid Bridge and Road Project in Marawi
20) Memorandum of Understanding on Panda Bonds Issuance
21) Loan Agreement on New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project
22) Commercial Contract of Safe Philippines Project, Phase I
23) Commercial Contract of the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project
24) Framework Agreement for Industrial Park between BCDA and Gezhouba
25) Contract for the Project Management Consultancy of the Philippine National Railways South Long-Haul Project (North-South Railway Project)
26) Letter of No Objection to the Organization of the Renminbi-Philippine Peso Foreign Exchange Trading Market
27) Certificate of Authority to Operate for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited-Manila Branch
28) Memorandum of Understanding on Supporting Feasibility Study of Major Projects between the Department of Finance and China International Development Cooperation
29) and Handover of Certificate of Humanitarian Cash Assistance
In his joint press statement, Duterte said he was pleased with the current positive momentum of the Philippines-China relations.
“It is an opportune time for our countries to celebrate the growing strength of our friendship and cooperation. With President Xi’s visit, we reciprocate the warm welcome and gracious accommodation extended to me and my delegation during my State Visit to China in 2016,” Duterte said.
Xi said China would continue to do its “modest best” to help and support the Philippines.
“Our support will come in many forms from lending our hand to your counter-narcotics and the counter-terrorism struggle, to helping to repair roads and bridges in Marawi and build new infrastructure there,” Xi said.
“China will import more goods from this country and Philippine coconut and frozen fruits have been approved for export to China,” he added.
The leader of the world’s second largest economy said China would provide another 50 government scholarship grants for Filipino students on an annual basis from 2019 to 2021.
“And we’ll implement arrangements for Filipino teachers of the English language to work in China,” Xi said.
He said China would donate 10,000 tons of rice to help those communities devastated by Typhoon “Ompong” (Mangkhut).
Xi described his expanded bilateral meeting with Duterte as “friendly, in-depth and productive” as they chartered the future course of improved China-Philippines ties.
“The President and I both agreed to elevate our relationship into one of comprehensive, strategic cooperation. This vision charts a clear course for China-Philippines relations and it sends a strong message to the world that our two countries are partners in seeking common development,” Xi said.
The Chinese leader is scheduled to meet former president and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday.
Xi is also set to meet the leaders of the Filipino-Chinese community in the country before flying back to Beijing Wednesday afternoon. (PNA)