Secretary Locsin Meets Chinese Counterpart on First Official Visit Abroad since COVID-19 Outbreak

PASAY CITY 10 October 2020 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. undertook an Official Visit to China from 09 to 11 October 2020, upon the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The State Councilor received the Secretary and his entourage in Tengchong City, in the southern province of Yunnan.

On 10 October, the two Foreign Ministers held a bilateral meeting to take stock of priority political and economic bilateral cooperation initiatives. Both sides reaffirmed the continuing vitality of relations despite the constraints imposed by COVID-19, and pledged to forge ahead with sustained policy dialogues, as well as economic and infrastructure cooperation projects. State Councilor Wang affirmed China’s commitment to supporting the President’s infrastructure drive under the Build Build Build program.

The two Foreign Ministers also engaged in a candid and in-depth exchange on regional security concerns, as well as issues of mutual interest in the context of ASEAN-China relations in which the Philippines acts as China coordinator, as well as in broader multilateral fora.

At the meeting’s close, Secretary Locsin and Foreign Minister Wang confirmed the prospective establishment of a Fast Lane for Urgently Needed Personnel Exchanges between the Philippines and China to facilitate, with due safeguards, the movement of essential official exchanges and travel by personnel in crucial industries such as business and trade, infrastructure, logistics, production, and technical services.

Joining Secretary Locsin were Madame Ma. Lourdes B. Locsin, Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Meynardo L.B. Montealegre, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana, Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert E.A. Borje, Philippine Embassy-Beijing Minister Raphael S.C. Hermoso, Special Assistant Shiena Escoto-Tesorero, Embassy Third Secretary and Vice Consul Jet C. Olfato, and Asian and Pacific Affairs Principal Assistant Emilio O. Lopue, Jr. END