|President Hu Jintao Meets with His Philippine Counterpart Arroyo|
On the afternoon of September 13, 2005, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who was attending the Summit on the 60th Anniversary of the UN in New York, met in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel where he stayed with his Philippine counterpart Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and both sides held cordial and friendly talks.
Hu said that since the leaders of both sides jointly established the principle of committing to the strategic cooperative relations of peace and development when Hu visited the Philippines this April, the bilateral friendly cooperation of mutual benefits has achieved new progress. In the first half of this year, the bilateral trade volume increased by 35% over the same period of last year and the cooperation in agriculture, fishery, infrastructure construction, mineral resources exploitation, tourism and other key areas has developed smoothly. Both sides have also maintained sound coordination and cooperation on East Asian cooperation and other major regional and international issues. He indicated that the development of bilateral relations has benefited from great importance and promotion attached by the leaders of both sides and the joint efforts by the two peoples as well. China would like to work with the Philippines to continuously push for the development of bilateral strategic cooperative relations.
Arroyo noted that President Hu's visit to the Philippines on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties has achieved a great success, which strongly pushes for the all-round development of bilateral relations. She made highly positive remarks on the support and assistance the Chinese government and its people have offered for the Philippines' economic development and positively commented the efforts by the Philippines, China and Vietnam to launch the joint exploitation in South China Sea. She also suggested that both sides should further strengthen cooperation in the areas of railway, infrastructure and energy resources.
Hu noted that the North Rail Project in the Philippines is the biggest cooperation program between both sides and is beneficial to economic development and social progress of the northern part of the Philippines. The Chinese government gives top priority to this project and hopes that both sides will keep closer coordination and build this railway into a new milestone of bilateral friendly cooperation. He also indicated that China would like to continue to make joint efforts with the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to ensure the success of cooperation among the three sides in the joint exploitation of South China Sea.
The two heads of state also exchanged views on the reform of the UN and other major international issues. Hu pointed out that the Philippines, as the rotating president of the UN Security Council this month, proposed the convening of a summit meeting of Security Council during this Summit, which is of great significance to strengthening the role of the Security Council under the new situation. China and the Philippines share many consensuses on the issue of the reform of the UN. China would like to reinforce coordination and cooperation with the Philippines to jointly push for the UN's reform to advance in the correct direction. Arroyo expressed her full agreement with Hu's views.