At the meeting (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippines' House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and President of the Senate Vicente Sotto III met with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila on November 21, during which the two sides agreed to increase legislative exchanges.

The Chinese President called on legislative bodies from China and the Philippines to exchange experience in state governance and push forward multilevel, multiform cooperation for the development of the two nations' bilateral ties.

He expressed his hope for a bigger role of the Philippine legislature in promoting friendship between the two countries.

For their part, Arroyo and Sotto expressed their willingness to increase exchanges with Chinese legislative bodies and deepen practical cooperation in all fields, for the benefits of the two peoples.

They said the relationship between the two countries is now at the best period in history with comprehensive cooperation in various fields.

The applauded the upgrade of the bilateral ties, which was reached during their talks between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 20.

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a two-day state visit to the Philippines. This was the first visit to the Philippines by a Chinese head of state in 13 years. Xi’s visit is deemed as an important milestone in the bilateral relations, which were recovered after President Duterte took office in 2016.

The bilateral ties plunged to its lowest when the Philippines filed a suit against China to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague related to China’s irrational claim over the “nine-dash line” in 2013. In December 2016, the court announced China has no historic rights over the waters inside the line and its claim is in contrast with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). - VNA