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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
2007/01/16

Manila,16 January 2007

At the invitation of Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, His Excellency Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People's Republic of China paid an official visit to the Philippines on 15-16 January 2007.

During the visit, Premier Wen Jiabao and President Arroyo held fruitful and meaningful discussions on China-Philippine relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Premier Wen Jiabao also met with Senate President Manuel Villar and House Speaker Jose de Venecia. The meetings were conducted in a friendly atmosphere.

The two leaders reaffirmed the principles enshrined in the 1975 Joint Communiqué of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, which established diplomatic relations between them. They also reiterated their commitment to the Joint Statement on the Framework of Bilateral Cooperation in the 21st Century signed between the two sides on 14 May 2000 and the Joint Statement issued during President Hu Jintao's visit to the Philippines on 28 April 2005.

Noting with satisfaction the progress of their cooperation and dialogue in the political, security, defense, economic, trade, tourism, agriculture and fisheries, energy, mining, socio-cultural, health, education, and other fields, the two leaders reaffirmed that China-Philippine relations are at a golden age of partnership. They also acknowledged that the development of China-Philippine relations had brought real benefits to the two countries and peoples and contributed to peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The two leaders agreed to take further steps to deepen the strategic and cooperative relationship for peace and development between China and the Philippines. Towards this end, they directed their respective foreign ministries to formulate a Joint Action Plan that will guide strategic cooperation in all fields. They agreed that the Joint Action Plan should be consistent with the respective development strategies of the two countries and the regional cooperation process.

Premier Wen and President Arroyo expressed pleasure that the growing number of high-level visits and people-to-people exchanges has led to better understanding and closer relations between the two countries and peoples. They agreed to encourage more exchanges, especially among parliamentarians, local government officials, youth, entrepreneurs, educators, media practitioners, and artists.

Both sides expressed optimism that given the current growth rate of bilateral trade, the US$30 billion trade volume targeted for 2010 will be attained earlier. Both sides agreed to further expand trade volume, improve trade structure, promote mutual investments and actively explore new areas of economic cooperation.

They declared that with the signing of the Framework Agreement on Expanding and Deepening Bilateral Economic and Trade Cooperation Between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, bilateral economic and trade cooperation would intensify within the next ten years. The two sides will further enhance cooperation in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, public works and infrastructure, housing, mining, energy, manufacturing, textiles and garments, industrial parks and economic development zones, tourism, ICT-based education, container inspection machines, and trade promotion.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of agreements in various areas of cooperation.

The two sides committed themselves to mutual understanding and mutual support with respect to major issues bearing on state sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Philippines reaffirmed its adherence to the one China policy and support for the Chinese Government's efforts for national reunification. The Philippines supports and appreciates China's efforts to resolve the Taiwan issue peacefully.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with China-ASEAN relations in the past 16 years. They agreed to advance China-ASEAN relations to a higher level in the spirit of the Joint Statement of China-ASEAN Commemorative Summit.

They expressed confidence that ASEAN and China would soon agree on activities and projects to implement the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and work towards the conclusion of a Regional Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. They acknowledged that the tripartite Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking in the South China Sea serves as a model for cooperation in the region. They agreed that possible next steps for cooperation among the three parties should be explored to bring collaboration to a higher level and increase the momentum of trust and confidence in the region.

President Arroyo welcomed the seventh "Plus Three Summit" among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in Cebu and expressed confidence that it would foster greater mutual trust, mutual benefit and cooperation among the countries in Northeast Asia.

The two leaders welcomed the resumption of the Six-Party Talks and urged the concerned parties to continue working towards a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue in the Korean Peninsula.

They agreed to further strengthen their coordination and cooperation in the ASEAN+3, ARF, EAS, APEC, ASEM, UN, WTO and other regional and multilateral fora.

Premier Wen Jiabao expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation throughout their official visit to the Philippines. President Arroyo thanked Premier Wen for China's support during the Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN-China, ASEAN+3 and the East Asia Summits.

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