Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to congratulate President-elect Rodrigo Duterte after the Congress, as National Board of Canvassers, formally proclaimed the president-elect afternoon of May 30.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Xi told Duterte the Philippines has a long history of friendly exchanges with China, and the Filipino and Chinese people enjoyed profound traditional friendship.
“A friendly, stable and healthy development of Sino-Philippine relations conforms to the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples,” Xi told Duterte as quoted in Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.
Xi added that to maintain and deepen the Sino-Philippine good-neighborly friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation is the common responsibility of the two leaders. We hope the two sides make joint efforts to promote the Sino-Philippine relations back on a healthy development track, Xi said
The Chinese leader is also hoping under the leadership of Duterte, the Philippines will achieve development, and improve national infrastructures.