Despite tensions on territorial disputes, the Philippines and China’s exchange of cultural beliefs and traditions remain unaffected as the Chinese Embassy in Manila donated 1,884 books to the National Library of the Philippines. On Monday, books varying from Chinese literature, art, food, government and philosophy were turned over at a ceremony held at the Ambassador’s Residence in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City.
“This [event]is an opportunity for Filipinos to know more about China,’’ said Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua. “In China, many people do not quite understand the Philippines, and in the Philippines many people do not quite understand China.”
For his part, National Library Director Antonio Santos agreed with the ambassador that if the books are distributed among public schools, it would help to strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations.
According to Santos, the donation takes from the Chinese Court Project which is the result of an International Cultural Agreement by the Philippine and Chinese governments first launched in 2014. It calls for the exchange of publications and reference materials for libraries and other educational institutions between the two governments.