Philippine President lauds Filipino-Chinese friendship

09:21, June 05, 2010      

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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo receives a gift at the soiree celebrating the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and China, in Manila, capital of the Philippines, June 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Tan Weibing)

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lauded bilateral friendship at a ceremony held Friday to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese-Philippine diplomatic relations.

Arroyo said "When I became President, I made June 9 every year Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day. In the past, I set aside June 9 to attend activities to my Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day in Manila. But this year, many of you will be with me in Shanghai to celebrate this occasion."

She said, "Our geographical ties, our trade relationship, our family relationship dates back centuries before our diplomatic relations and even before our two republics were established." "We are family, China and the Philippines are family." "We are family, more than neighbors."

"During my visits to China over the last nine years, I had the privilege of visiting many cities all over China, and was greeted with the highest-ranking officials, including President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and former President Jiang Zemin," she said.

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