The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had a telephone conversation with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China last night, June 11, which lasted for 38 minutes.
The following are the highlights of the conversation:
The two leaders discussed both countries’ progress in combating COVID-19 and their strategies to restart their respective economies. Both tendered their commitment to work together in fighting COVID-19 as part of international efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
The President mentioned to his Chinese counterpart the need for cooperation in research trials for COVID-19 vaccine development and underscored the importance of making the vaccine accessible and affordable to all countries.
President Xi, on the other hand, assured PRRD his country’s commitment to make the vaccine available for all, adding that the Philippines, as a friendly neighbor, would certainly be a priority.
Both leaders also took the occasion to review Philippines-China relations emphasizing the friendship of the two countries and the significant increase in mutual cooperation in wide range of areas.