TAGBILARAN CITY, July 22 Chinese envoy, Zhao Jianhua, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic People?s of China (PROC), made it clear that he came to Bohol to enhance cooperation between his country and Bohol, as well as China and Philippines and refused to talk about the conflict on Spratly?s on South China Sea.
Zhao, who was the guest speaker of the 160th Foundation of Bohol July 22, 2014 celebration, told the jampacked crowd at Bohol Cultural Center that he?s here not to argue on what?s going on West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) between countries, including the Philippines.
He is here to explore possibilities for a better understanding and enhance relationship between countries and China and Bohol, which forged a sisterhood with province of Jiangxi, China.
Practically the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, believed sits on a resource-rich, including oil, has been claimed by China along with other claimants-countries, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines.
He said there are areas that China might be of help to Bohol even as he expressed his sympathy and condolences to the victims of the earthquake last year.
He said his country would like to boost the relations with Philippines considering that this relationship has been there more than a thousand years back, he said. Key areas of concern and development that he mentioned include agriculture, tourism and disaster preparedness and relief operations.
He said that China contributes to tourist arrivals in the country that has been increasing, and the latest was about 17% increase, reaching about 430,000 Chinese visitors. ?There?ll be more Chinese to come,? including Bohol, Zhao assured the Boholanos.
China also ready to share Chinese experience and technology in agriculture development for Bohol, he said. Bohol and China have one ting common. Both grow the staple food, rice and Zhao expressed optimism that Bohol would one day become the rice granary of the country.
He also assured Boholanos that his country is willing to provide assistance in disaster relief during calamities, and even disaster relief trainings. He cited that, like Bohol, China one time was struck by earthquake killing scores of some 800,000 individuals. He pins hope that the friendship of China and Bohol will last forever.The Chinese envoy was conferred with Plaque of Appreciation after his speech by provincial officials led by Governor Edgar Chatto during the celebration. (RVO)