Philippines, China strengthen bilateral ties

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Jilin province in China have committed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and trade, particularly in agriculture and fisheries.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala bared this meeting of minds after talking with former Chinese minister of agriculture Sun Zhengcai, also the secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Jilin, on September 22 in Manila.

Jilin, a major agro-forest-mineral province in northeast China, has a gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $120 billion.

Sun heads a 15-man delegation that arrived here to explore investment and trade opportunities.

Alcala said they discussed possible agricultural and fishery technical cooperation and trade opportunities that will contribute to increasing trade between the two countries to $60 billion in the next five years.

He said agriculture is one of the priority areas that President Aquino has discussed with Chinese President Hu Jintao during President Aquino’s China state visit last month.

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