By Marjaleen Ramos
Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China stands ready to work jointly with House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano towards “more amicable and brighter bilateral relations” between the two countries.
Zhao met with Cayetano on Tuesday to congratulate him on his election as the House leader. Also present were Cavite 8th District Representative Abraham Tolentino and Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vince Dizon.
“Ambassador Zhao extended his appreciation for the significant contribution that Hon. Speaker Cayetano has made to promoting China-Philippines relations, as an old and good friend of Chinese people,” the Chinese Embassy in Manila said in a statement Wednesday.
“He also underlined that China stands ready to work jointly with Hon. Speaker to further deepen exchanges and cooperation between legislatures, towards more amicable and brighter bilateral relations,” it added.
The Chinese envoy also extended the greetings and congratulations of China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Li Zhanshu, chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, to the former foreign affairs chief.
Meanwhile, Cayetano thanked China for its support for the economic and social development of the Philippines, the embassy said.
The new House speaker said he would “firmly follow a friendly policy towards China” and is also looking forward “to strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the NPC, bringing Philippines-China relationship of Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation to a new high.”