Locsin lauds Manila-Beijing ties on Chinese foreign minister’s third official visit to Philippines


MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top diplomat celebrated what he called the mutual support and growing trust between Manila and Beijing as he welcomed his Chinese counterpart for the third time on Saturday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Manila for an official visit on Friday and is expected to depart on Saturday. Wang came to reciprocate Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s visit to China last October 2020.

“We are elated that despite the challenges of the pandemic, our high-level engagements have stayed on track,” Locsin is quoted as addressing Wang in a transcript released by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“With your third visit to the Philippines and our meeting today – only three months since our most recent meeting in beautiful Tengchong City in Yunnan Province – we demonstrate yet again the strong and manifold ties that bind the Philippines and China,” he also said.