PGMA off to Shanghai
Manila (9 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left yesterday for Shanghai, China to attend ceremonies marking the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-China diplomatic relations and to grace the Philippine Honor Day at the Philippine pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
The Philippines and China established diplomatic relations on June 9, 1975. Since then both countries have transformed bilateral relations to a healthy partnership covering many areas of cooperation.
Almost 100 bilateral agreements in the field of trade and investments, finance, agriculture, air transportation, tourism cooperation, scientific and technical cooperation, defense, transnational crime, judicial cooperation, consular matters, culture, sports, youth cooperation and media and information cooperation have been signed between the two nations.
Today, China is among the most important nations with whom the Philippines enjoy bilateral ties.
The President will meet with Shanghai Party Secretary and Chinese Politburo member Yu Zengsheng and members of the Chinese business community.
The President, together with Party Secretary Yu will launch today the Chinese edition of the joint commemorative cover to mark 35 years of Philippines-China relations.
The envelope which was also launched last June 3 by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo in Manila and Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao, features the Chocolate Hills of Bohol and Mt. Lushan of Jiangxxi Province, which became "sister mountains" in 2006 following the establishment of sister-province arrangements between Bohol and Jiangxi.
The President will also be the Guest of Honor at the Philippine Honor Day at the Shanghai World Expo where the Philippines has set up a pavilion.
The Philippines is among 42 Asian countries participating in the expo, which aims to promote Philippine interests in China, not only in the area of tourism but more importantly in trade, investment, cultural and political relations.
Capping the Presidentís schedule is a banquet hosted by the Chinese government in her honor with a gala show commemorating Philippines-Chinese relations.
The President was sent off by Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Armed Forces Chief Of Staff General Delfin Bangit, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Versoza and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao. (PIA) [top]