President Rodrigo Duterte (Source: EPA/VNA)
President Duterte said: bilateral ties are growing stronger, particularly in trade and commerce, and reaffirmed the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes.
China and the Philippines agreed to strengthen bilateral trade and economic cooperation at a high-level meeting on March 17.
During a visit to the southern Philippine city of Davao, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang held a closed-door meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and signed a six-year development programme on trade and investment cooperation.
In his speech following the meeting, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Chinese Vice Premier had stressed the need to focus on common interests than on differences.