Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. is confident the Philippines and China will “overcome differences” amid “plenty of avoidable” ones as the two countries mark the 46th anniversary of their establishment of diplomatic relations and the 20th Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day.
In a taped video message in a virtual program to celebrate the occasion, Locsin said that the “trust and goodwill” nurtured through the years by the Philippines and China “will bear much fruit” amid “highs and lows in the relationship.”
Locsin did not specifically refer to the maritime dispute between the Philippines and China but referred to “plenty of avoidable differences that serve no purpose on the part of either” of the two countries.
The country’s chief diplomat added, “But still through it all we come through. I am confident that the abiding trust and goodwill of our countries nurtured through the years will bear much fruit in the years ahead.”