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China, the Philippines vow to handle disputes through consultations

(Xinhua)

16:43, September 02, 2011


Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, shakes hands with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 1, 2011. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BEIJING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Leaders from China and the Philippines agreed on Thursday to handle disputes in bilateral relations through consultation and to boost bilateral ties.

The consensus was made during meetings between visiting Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao, respectively.

"The Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) is ready to work closely with the Philippine side to implement the consensus reached by the two states' leaders, enhance political trust, properly settle disputes, and promote relations to a new level," said Wu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

In response, Aquino said that although differences exist between the two countries, these differences are not the essence of their bilateral relations.

He said the Philippines is devoted to settling disputes with China through consultation.

Aquino's current China trip is his first state visit to China since taking office in June 2010, as well as his first foreign tour outside of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Aquino told Wu that his China visit aims to benefit the two peoples by further cementing substantial bilateral cooperation and overall relations.

Wu spoke highly of the summit between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Aquino on Wednesday. During this summit they reached a broad consensus on enhancing bilateral ties, witnessed the signing of a series of important bilateral documents, and made strategic planning for future bilateral ties.


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