MANILA, May 19 (Mabuhay) –Presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had a discussion with Chinese president Xi Jinping about bilateral ties and regional development, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.

According to the Embassy, Marcos and Xi talked over the phone this morning.

Xi was quoted as saying that Marcos has participated in and witnessed the development of relations between China and the Philippines as he also branded the former senator as “a builder, supporter and promoter of the China-Philippines friendship.”

Xi further called on both countries to carry forward the friendship of the two sides and stay true to their original aspiration.

According to the Embassy, Xi said the Philippines and China should “grasp the general trend, write a grand story on the China-Philippines friendship in the new era, and follow through the blueprint for bilateral friendly cooperation, so as to usher in an even brighter future for the bilateral ties.”

Moreover, Xi congratulated Marcos anew on his insurmountable lead in Eleksyon 2022.

Xi earlier recognized the Philippines and China as “partners through thick and thin” as “neighbors facing each other across the sea.”

“In recent years, with the joint efforts of both sides, the bilateral relations have been consolidated and enhanced, bringing benefits to the people of both countries and contributing to regional peace and stability,” Xi said. (MNS)

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