Remarks by H.E. Mr. Zhao Jianhua, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China at the Celebration of the 41st Anniversary of the Establishment of China-Philippines Diplomatic Relations and the 15th China-Philippines Friendship Day (June 9, CCP)
(Continued from yesterday)
LADIES and Gentlemen,
If we take history as a mirror, we cannot only see the past, but also see the future. China has always been a peace-loving country. China does not have the Original Sin of Major Powers. China is committed to the path of peaceful development and pursues a neighborhood diplomacy that treats neighbors as friends and partners. We have long been engaging in dialogues, consultations and negotiations to peacefully resolve relevant disputes. This commitment is determined by the peace-loving genes flowing in the veins of the Chinese people.
Since the establishment of the new China, bearing in mind this commitment, China has surveyed and demarcated more than 20,000 kilometers boundary lines with 12 out of its 14 land neighbors, covering over 90 percent of China’s entire land border. The survey and demarcation were done based on historical facts and basic norms of international law through bilateral consultation and negotiation. Moreover, China and Vietnam have clarified the maritime boundary of Beibu Bay through negotiation and consultation.
As a major country in the region, China knows fully well the significance of preserving regional peace and stability and the responsibility on its shoulder. China has never lost sight of the larger picture and has been dealing with the South China Sea issue in a constructive and responsible way. The door for negotiation and consultation is always open.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A good neighbor is better than a far-off relative. The Philippines is a close neighbor of China separated by sea. It is natural for the two countries to develop amicable and cooperative relations. As long as we treat each other with sincerity, follow the spirit of seeking common ground while shelving differences, there is no obstacle that we cannot surmount, nor dispute that we cannot resolve. We hope that the new government of the Philippines can work with us toward the same direction, properly deal with relevant disputes, put differences under effective management and control, and bring the bilateral relations back to the track of sound and comprehensive development to serve the interests of our two peoples.
Confucius once said that the past cannot be retrieved, and the future is yet to come. We hope to work with the incoming government of the Philippines to open a new chapter of bilateral relations. Let’s seize the hour, seize the moment and seize the better future.
I wish tonight’s performance a complete success; China and the Philippines enjoy lasting friendship and shared prosperity. Thank you, and mabuhay!