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Enhancement of diplomatic, trade relations PGMA's top priority in China visit

Beijing (28 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo told local officials in Hangzhou, China Sunday night that aside from attending the recently concluded 7th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Beijing, her other "agenda" in coming to China was "to enhance diplomatic, trade, cultural and educational relations" with the People's Republic of China (PROC), particularly the provinces of Hubei and Zheijiang.

The President issued this statement during a meeting with Chinese Party Secretary Zhao Hongzhu who called on her at the Zhejiang Xizi Hotel here Sunday night (Oct. 26).

During their meeting, the President thanked Zhao and the Chinese people for their hospitality in hosting her visit to Wuhan, Beijing and Hangzhou.

The President also told the Chinese official that her latest visit to China could further enhance the existing ties between the two countries. "We can enhance that (diplomatic, trade, cultural and educational) relationship," she stressed.

She informed Zhao that she will be meeting today (October 27) with other Chinese businessmen, particularly the "shakers and movers" of Chinese business and economy, in a series of calls aimed at attracting more Chinese investments to the Philippines to provide more jobs and income opportunities for Filipinos.

After their meeting, Zhao led the President to the nearby Xizi Hall where a banquet was hosted in her honor.

On her way to attend the ASEM7 in Beijing, the President first visited Wuhan City in Hubei province to meet with local government officials and business leaders led by Governor Li Hongzhong and members of the Hubei Department of Commerce. There, she pitched for more investments in the Philippines, promoting it as a favorable investment haven.

The President also enthused about the Philippines' world-renowned highly skilled workers who produce and export well-manufactured computer and automobile parts.

President Arroyo also convinced the Chinese government officials and businessmen that China and the Philippines could further expand their trade relations in key industries such as automotive, tobacco, garments, mining, food and electronics. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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