• Palace on Chinese: We’re ‘good’ friends

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    Neighbors engaging in a word war doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve already burned bridges.

    A Malacañang spokesman on Monday said Manila continues to have “good [and]positive relations” with its affluent neighbor China despite the two sides having been embroiled in a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

    Edwin Lacierda said the Philippines has “no conflict with the Chinese people.”

    “Our differences are with the approach of the leadership in dealing with the South China Sea [issue]. But on the whole, with respect to the Chinese people, we continue to establish good relations with them,” Lacierda told reporters.

    “We have a multi-level relationship with China. We have always mentioned this. We have people-to-people exchanges, we’ve got trade, we’ve got cultural. The discussions in the South China Sea [are]just one of those… We cannot limit ourselves to the negatives,” he said.

    Lacierda made the statements ahead of a commemorative program in Pasay City (Metro Manila) late Monday afternoon marking the 40th anniversary of the forging of diplomatic relations between Manila and Beijing.

    The Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. and the Filipino-Chinese community had announced that President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Beijing’s envoy to Manila Zhao Jianhua would be attending the event at the Philippine International Convention Center.

    Lacierda said the President will deliver a speech to highlight contributions of the Filipino-Chinese community to the growth of the country’s economy and to the enhancement of Filipinos’ lives.

    “We continue to invest in China as they continue to look for possible investments here in the Philippines as well. So, if you are going to limit yourself only to the South China [Sea] issue, certainly, it will color your perspective. But if you look at it from a broader perspective where we have established good relations with China and we are friends — the Chinese people are here, Filipinos are there,” he added.

    “We cannot limit ourselves to the negatives. Our view of our relations with China has always been positive and we view that concern in the South China Sea also in the positive note that we are going to deal with this issue on the South China Sea by way of international arbitration. And that’s what we have been doing now,” Lacierda said.

    The Palace official answered in the affirmative when asked if it makes sense to celebrate Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day despite China’s perceived aggression and bullying in contested waters.

    “Just to be clear, we have no conflict with the Chinese people. Our conflict, for instance…Our differences are with the approach of the leadership in dealing with the South China Sea [row]. But on the whole, with respect to the Chinese people, we continue to establish good relations with them. And we certainly look forward to better relations with China,” Lacierda said.

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    1. smiling pinoy on

      Stabbed someone at his back,said aloud that he is a scoundrel, sued him in court. Now smile at him and said it’s alright we are still good friends. ROFL

    2. We are friend my butt,how can you have a friend who steal your property.China is nothing but a thief who steal our reef and destroy it also our food chain in which our own fisherman cannot even fish in our own territory because Chinese warship shoot them with water cannon.Our coward government couldnt even protect them in which their families depend on them for their food and other things they need.

    3. It is a well known fact that the bulk of the good Chinese citizens in China do not share the political ideology of a handful of corrupt communist political leaders there.
      This is truly the doings of a few bigoted, bullish, and resource hungry leaders who thinks they represent the rest of China.
      The Communist has muted all the opinions of their citizens, in regards to their Governments actions and doings.
      The government censors all communications that goes out of China.
      Corruption is rampart too in China. There is a lot of political protest going on in China that we will never hear about. believe it!
      We should be thankful for the Americans who is always faithful in bailing as out all the time.
      Remember the second world war. Mac Arthur’s ever faithful promise
      to the Filipinos of ” I shall return”. He returned indeed! to Liberate us from the oppressions of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the second world war.
      Watch out The allies will return and are stronger and bigger too! Remember the story of David and Goliath. We have a bigger and fiercer Tiger in our tank too!
      No Godless Nation ever prevailed on earth! But was destroyed by the Almighty!
      Remember the History of the second world war!
      Remember always. No Government is perfect no matter what
      country. Only the countries that still allows freedom of speech matters.

    4. fred villaragoisa on

      Just to be clear, we have no conflict with the Chinese people. Our conflict, for instance…Our differences are with the approach of the leadership in dealing with the South China Sea [row]. But on the whole, with respect to the Chinese people, we continue to establish good relations with them. And we certainly look forward to better relations with China,” Lacierda said

      A Chinese friend of mine said, go to any corner of any Chinese city and- if you can understand what everybody are saying..@#$#@# .. poor Filipinos. And Lacierda thinks no conflict.. give me a break.