Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Photo: Reuters)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The Philippines and China inked 14 cooperation agreements on November 15, with leaders of the two nations pledging to strengthen "positive momentum" in bilateral ties.

After meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang affirmed that Chinese-Philippine relations have improved.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of 14 cooperation agreements on infrastructure financing, bridge construction, bond issuance, drug rehabilitation, climate change, intellectual property protection and industrial capacity cooperation.

Li said that Beijing will support Manila with nearly 23 million USD to repair war-torn Marawi city which had experienced fierce fighting between government forces and militants linked to IS.

Duterte lauded Beijing’s significant role in backing Manila in the fight against terrorism.

Li is the first Chinese premier to pay an official visit to the Philippines in a decade. He went to Manila on November 11 to attend 31st ASEAN Summit and related summits.-VNA