Senior officials with the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Christian-Muslin Democrats of the Philippines agreed Thursday to further party-to-party exchanges to promote bilateral ties.
"The CPC is highly attentive to developing relations with Philippine parties including the Christian-Muslin Democrats," said Wu Guanzheng, a senior CPC official in a meeting with Jose De Venecia, speaker of the Philippines House of Representatives and chairman of the Christian-Muslim Democrats party.
"We hope to enhance party-to-party exchanges so as to ensure the comprehensive, rapid and in-depth development of bilateral ties," said Wu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Jose De Venecia said the CPC has made outstanding achievements in improving governing capability, advancing economic reform and opening-up and intensifying anti-corruption efforts, which provides precious experiences for parties of other Asian countries.
The two party leaders also extolled bilateral ties, saying that the relations between the two countries have entered into a best period.
Wu said that to develop friendly cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is China's strategic choice and China hopes to forge a closer strategic partnership with the ASEAN.
The Philippines is one of the 10 ASEAN members. In July, the Philippines will become rotating chairman of the ASEAN.