President, Duterte pledge efforts on code of conduct, sign deals on cooperation
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China and the Philippines should commit t
hemselves to push forward the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea so it can be finished as early as possible.
Xi made the remark when meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is on?ldsports,ldsportsapp419
a five-day visit to China that started on Wednesday, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.
Xi described the code of conduct as a creative way to set rules for the resolution
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419of the South China Sea issue. He called on the two countries to make joint efforts to put aside differences and exc
lude external disturbances in order to focus on cooperation and development to safeguard regional peace and stability.
He underlined the need for both countries to take bigger s
teps in the joint exploration of the oil and gas resources in the South China Sea.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
The two countries announced on Thursday the establishment of an
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on the joint exploration for oil and gas in the South China Sea to strive for substantial progress at an early date.
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419They also concluded six agreements, which involve areas such as cust
oms, higher education, science and technology and economic and social development.
On the bilateral relationship, Xi told Duterte he stands ready to work
with him to guide the sound development of Sino-Philippine relations to bring benefits to the?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
two nations and two peoples, and also to add positive energy to regional peace and stability.
He called on the two countries to strengthen synergy between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the Philip
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Duterte said he supports the peaceful resolution of the South
China Sea issue through cooperation instead of confrontation.