Rise of China means growth of PH, neighbors - DFA Sec. Locsin

Rise of China means growth of PH, neighbors - DFA Sec. Locsin

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. was in Beijing, China recently, where he reaffirms the country support to China as the rising power in the East.

Locsin further says that the emergence of a ‘new China” creates a world where the developing nations have a chance.

DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. at a joint press briefing with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his first official visit to Beijing. (photo credit to DFA

He says that Manila has so much to hope for, and nothing to fear from the rise of a new power.

Both countries signed a memorandum of understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative, Locsin comments on this that there is no other country but the new China aspired to rise higher by helping other countries to rise alongside her.

"To put it in concrete terms, without the new China, there will be no prospect whatsoever for the developing world to grow into emerging economies. We would still be, as throughout the second half of the last century we were, at the mercy of Western markets which, on a whim, can turn us away—as they did throughout the post- and neo-colonial period," Locsin said during a joint presser with the State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

"The emergence of a new China is creating a world where the lesser have a chance. And more than a chance: cooperation for mutual benefit instead of words," he added.

"There is so much to look forward to and accomplish that will be of much greater value to both of us than those differences can ever be to each one," Locsin noted.

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