Photo Exhibit Highlighting China-Philippine Relations Opens at SM Mall of Asia
Appreciating a millennium of friendship through art
Text and photos by Dexter R. Matilla
A photo exhibition highlighting the most significant moments of high-level economic and trade exchanges, anti-pandemic cooperation and military exchanges between the Philippines and China opened recently at SM Mall of Asia.
Titled “Transcending Millennial Friendship, Welcoming a New Era of the Golden Age,” the event happened just hours after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Abra.
Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian took the opportunity to express his support for the Philippine government.
“On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the Philippine government and the Filipino people affected by this morning’s earthquake in Luzon,” he said. “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, China and the Philippines have helped each other, and bilateral cooperation has turned the tide, illustrating the strong resilience and vitality of the relationship between the two countries.”
The photos showed, among other things, images of China Geo-Engineering Corporation projects, the “Brighten Up” project donated by State Grid Corporation of China, a Chinese military Y-20 heavy cargo plane bringing in the donation of 600,000 doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines, as well as events hosted by the Embassy such as the Community Pantry showing Amb. Huang’s visit to Damascus De Filipinas Settlement House of Asociacion and the first-ever Chinese-Filipino Youth Concert in June 2022.
“I would like to thank SM Supermalls for their support and cooperation as always,” Amb. Huang said in his speech. “Previously the [Chinese] Embassy and SM Supermalls jointly conducted a number of activities on the themes of Beijing Winter Olympics Hosting, Chinese New Year Celebration and Charity Bazaar, all of which were splendid and memorable. In the near future, we will also hold exhibitions in Cebu, Davao and Baguio branches of SM Supermalls, to bring the history of Sino-Philippine friendship to more and more places, leaving the seeds of Sino-Philippine friendship take root and sprout. all over the Philippines.
Looking forward, he said, China will continue to give priority to the Philippines in its neighborhood diplomacy and maintain the continuity and stability of its friendly policy towards the country.
“China is willing to strengthen communication with the new Philippine government, follow the bilateral and friendly cooperation plan, and move our relationship into a higher gear,” the ambassador said. Huang added. “In agreement with the President [Bongbong] According to Marcos’ ideas on national governance, China is willing to work with the Philippines in the four key areas of large-scale agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges. I believe that both sides will be committed to becoming good neighbors who help each other, good parents who share mutual understanding and maintain close ties, and good partners who seek cooperation and win-win results, so as to to push for the improvement of bilateral relations cooperation and usher in a new “golden age” in bilateral relations.
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