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China's new ambassador to Philippines presents credentials to Philippine president

01-26-2012 16:03 BJT

MANILA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- New Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Keqing presented credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III here on Thursday.

During the talk following the presentation of the credentials, the Philippine president extended welcome to Ma as the new Chinese ambassador and asked her to convey his greetings to Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Aquino told Ma that the Philippine government had designated for the first time in the country the Chinese Lunar New Year as a special non-working day, which demonstrates the Chinese culture has already been popular with the Filipinos.

Aquino highly praised the steady development of bilateral relations and expressed the hope that the Chinese side would actively implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries during his visit to China last year to continuously push ahead with cooperation between the two countries.

The Chinese ambassador also conveyed the greetings from President Hu Jintao to Aquino as well as the good-will wishes of the Chinese government and people to their counterparts in the Philippines.

Ma said the Sino-Philippine friendship has a long history. Bilateral relations have recorded healthy and steady development since the two countries forged diplomatic relations in 1975. In the new era of globalisation, all countries rely on each other. Indepth cooperation and expanded exchanges should be embodied in further promoting the relations between China and the Philippines.

The two sides should properly solve their disputes with wisdom, courage and foresight, Ma said, adding the Chinese side would like to work with the Philippine side to jointly implement the consensus of heads of the two states and make Sino-Philippine relations of strategic cooperation better and stronger.

Philippine President Aquino also expressed the belief that both countries have sincerity and determination in solving the disputes, saying so long as the two sides make concerted efforts, they must find a solution.

Chinese ambassador also presented wreath to the Monument of the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in Rizal Park.

Ma Keqing arrived in Manila on Jan. 15.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Keqing (L front) presents the credentials to
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, capital
of the Philippines, on Jan. 26, 2012. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Keqing (L) shakes hands
with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang
Palace in Manila, capital of the Philippines, on Jan. 26, 2012.
Ma Keqing presented her credentials here to Benigno Aquino III on
Thursday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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