Despite row, China, PH ‘can work together in tourism, agriculture’

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


CHINA and the Philippines may be at odds as far as their respective territories are concerned but officials of both nations assure there are many areas where they can cooperate with one another.

China’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, who was in Bohol recently as a guest at their founding anniversary, said these are in tourism, agriculture, cultural exchanges and in disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Zhao noted that the friendship between both countries date back over a thousand years and that these four areas can ensure continued cooperation between both countries.

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He noted that many Chinese nationals are aware of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and its attractions, citing the arrival of 430,000 Chinese tourists last year, an increase of 17 percent. He expects the high tourist activity to boost Bohol’s social and economic development and assured his government’s support in seeing more tourists visiting the province.

Zhao expressed willingness to share experiences and technology with Bohol’s farmers, saying he was pleased to hear that Bohol produced more rice than most of the neighboring provinces and assured that they could share their advantages with the province’s farmers.

With some provinces having forged sisterhood agreements, Zhao said these cities and provinces can work with each other to share programs and projects.

Zhao expressed grief over the devastation wrought by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that rocked Bohol last year. He said China is no stranger to natural disasters and that they too have had their share of coping with disaster relief and rehabilitation.

He said they could share their experiences and skills with Bohol. He extended an invitation to a delegation from Bohol and undergo training in disaster relief in China.

“We can focus our attention on enhancing friendship and cooperation among our common interests and gradually narrow our differences so we can achieve a bigger, brighter future for the peoples of our countries,” Zhao said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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