Congress backs better China-PH ties, Alvarez tells Chinese premier

Reuters/China Central Television

Posted at May 19 2017 11:34 PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday met with visiting House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Beijing.

The Chinese premier said that the China-Philippines "good-neighborly friendship" conforms to the basic interests of the two countries, as well as contributes to regional peace, stability, and development.

Beijing wishes to deepen mutual trust, promote cooperation and frequent exchanges with the Philippines to expand common interests and properly handle differences, and consolidate public support for their bilateral relations to get back on track, said Li.

He said the legislative bodies of the two countries should strengthen their exchanges and cooperation. 

Li said China supports the Philippines' work as the rotating chair of ASEAN this year, and is ready to work with relevant parties to promote further development of the China-ASEAN relations as well as regional cooperation in East Asia.

Alvarez said both houses of the Congress of the Philippines are supportive of improving the country's relations with China. The two countries' pragmatic cooperation has achieved new outcomes, he added.

Alvarez invited Li to visit the Philippines and attend the East Asian leaders' meetings slated for later this year.