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中菲友谊在时间淬炼中熠熠生辉

时间:2021-06-09 16:31来源:中国驻菲律宾使馆 作者:黄溪连
2021年6月9日,时值中菲建交46周年和第20个中菲“友谊日”,驻菲律宾大使黄溪连在英文报纸《马尼拉公报》、《马尼拉时报》和华文报纸《世界日报》、《商报》、《联合日报》等上刊发题为《中菲友谊在时间淬炼中熠熠生辉》的署名文章。

  2021年6月9日,时值中菲建交46周年和第20个中菲“友谊日”,驻菲律宾大使黄溪连在英文报纸《马尼拉公报》、《马尼拉时报》和华文报纸《世界日报》、《商报》、《联合日报》等上刊发题为《中菲友谊在时间淬炼中熠熠生辉》的署名文章。全文如下:

  在中国使馆的图书馆里,陈列着一张富有历史意义的老照片,上面记录的是1975年6月9日中菲两国签署建交公报的历史场景。正是46年前的今天,中华人民共和国和菲律宾共和国正式建立外交关系。

  中菲关系植根于绵延千年的传统友谊而历久弥新。早在几百年前的明朝时,一艘艘载满货物的帆船从中国福建出发南下,抵达的第一站便是菲律宾。海上丝绸之路将中菲两国人民紧紧相联,搭建起商贸和人文桥梁。乘着风帆而来的中国人在菲定居、扎根、通婚,与当地人民共同抵御外侮,建设家园。如今,众多在菲生活的华侨华人,车水马龙的中国城,流行于街头巷尾的“年糕”“烧包”,正是两国民心与友谊穿越时间的生动体现。



 

  中菲关系在两国领导人的关心引领下沐风成长。双边关系定位从“面向21世纪的睦邻互信合作关系”到“致力于和平与发展的战略性合作关系”再到“全面战略合作关系”,节节登高。进入新时代,习近平主席与杜特尔特总统8次会面,为中菲关系发展擘画宏伟的战略蓝图。新冠肺炎疫情发生以来,两国元首通过通话、互致信函和口信等“云外交”方式频繁互动,为双边关系健康平稳发展把舵引航。

  中菲关系在务实合作领域结出累累硕果。杜特尔特总统任内,中国“一带一路”倡议与菲“大建特建”规划深入对接。双方已完成12个项目,正在实施7个项目,另有十余个项目正在协商推进。尽管面临疫情严峻挑战,两国经贸合作逆势上扬。去年全年,中菲贸易额达到611.5亿美元,同比增长0.3%,中国对菲非金融类直接投资1.4亿美元,同比增长1.36倍。今年前三个月,中菲贸易额达到164.9亿美元,同比增长34.7%,中国对菲非金融类直接投资2736万美元,同比增长85.2%。中国稳居菲第一大贸易伙伴、第一大进口来源地、第三大出口目的地和第二大外国投资来源地。菲律宾香蕉等热带水果走进越来越多中国人的餐厅。

  中菲关系在新冠肺炎疫情的考验中持续升华。去年初,在中国同疫情艰苦搏斗的关键时刻,菲律宾政府和人民率先向中国人民提供了宝贵支持。菲疫情暴发之后,中国投桃报李、雪中送炭,克服自身困难向菲律宾提供了大量抗疫物资,积极进行经验分享,并派出医疗专家组逆行来菲并肩作战。我们创造了无数个难忘的“第一”:中国是第一个向菲捐赠核酸检测试剂的国家,第一且唯一向菲派遣医疗专家组的国家,第一个协助菲方用军机运输防疫物资的国家,第一个对菲政府捐赠和商业采购双重方式提供疫苗的国家,受菲民众信任度第一的疫苗原产国家。谁是真正的朋友,谁是可靠的伙伴,答案不言自明。



 

  中菲关系在成熟和建设性妥处分歧中日趋稳重。在中菲上千年的友谊长河中,争议问题只是其中浪花一朵,不应让1%的分歧影响99%的友好与合作大局。近年来,在两国领导人共同指引下,双方致力于通过友好协商妥处分歧,通过南海问题双边磋商机制、中国与东盟国家“南海行为准则”磋商等渠道,以成熟和建设性的方式真诚沟通、增进互信、推进合作,共同维护双边关系大局和海上和平稳定。疫情期间在南海往来穿梭运送抗疫物资的一艘艘轮船和一架架飞机,正是南海作为和平、友谊、合作之海的生动写照。

  下个月,我们将庆祝中国共产党成立百年华诞。一个世纪来,中国共产党沐雨栉风带领中国各族人民艰苦奋斗,创造了世所罕见的发展奇迹。特别是十八大以来,在以习近平同志为核心的党中央坚强领导下,中国各项事业取得历史性成就。面对世纪疫情大考和外部环境不确定性增加,今年一季度中国GDP同比增长18.3%,迎来“开门红”。面对后疫情时代,中国将继续秉持习近平主席提出的“人类命运共同体”理念,助力世界共同发展繁荣。欢迎包括菲在内的周边国家继续搭乘中国发展快车,把握发展机遇,拓展合作领域,推进高质量共建“一带一路”,实现自身复苏和发展。

  铅华褪尽留本色,大浪淘沙始见金。携手走过46年风雨历程,中菲关系始终不改睦邻友好的底色,千年友谊在时间的淬炼中熠熠生辉。站在新时期的历史交汇点,面对纷繁复杂的国际形势和新冠疫情等全球性挑战,在两国元首战略引领下,中菲两国政府和人民将始终坚持友好合作的旋律,携手构建更加紧密的新时期伙伴关系。

  英文稿附后:

  China-Philippines Relations Shine Brighter in the

  Tempering of Time
 

  An aged photograph hanging on the wall of the Chinese Embassy library has often interested visitors, which has captured the historic scene of Premier Zhou Enlai and the then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signing the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines, when our two countries formally started diplomatic ties 46 years ago.Even long before that, the friendship between China and Philippines have already started. Back to hundreds of years ago in the Ming Dynasty, numbers of cargo ships sailed from Fujian to the Southeast Asia and their first stop on the sea was the Philippines. The Maritime Silk Road has promoted unimpeded trade and cultural exchanges, and closely linked up the the two countries and peoples. Ever since the ancient times, many Chinese have come to the Philippines, where they settled down, raised families and made friends, and even fought shoulder to shoulder with local Filipinos against foreign aggression to protect the common homeland. As of today, millions of Filipino-Chinese are living in the country, while the bustling Binondo streets and popular Chinese dishes such as Tikoy and Siopao are all vivid manifestations of the time-honored bonds of kinship and friendship between the two countries.



 

  In recent years, the China-Philippines relations have been flourishing under the guidance of our two heads of states. The bilateral relationship has been elevated from the 21st Century-oriented Cooperative Relationship of Good Neighborliness and Mutual Trust to the Strategic and Cooperative Relationship for Peace and Development, and then the Relationship of Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation. Ushering into the new era, President Xi Jinping and President Duterte have met for eight times face-to-face, drawing up strategic blueprints for the continuous development of China-Philippines relations. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two leaders continue to engage closely in “cloud diplomacy” by various means including phone call and exchanging letters and messages, providing strategic guidance for the steady growth of bilateral relations.Practical cooperation across the board between China and the Philippines have made remarkable progress. Under the leadership of President Xi and President Duterte, the synergies between the Belt and Road initiative and the Build, Build, Build program have been deepened. So far, 12 government-to-government cooperation projects have been completed, 7 projects are under implementation and more than 10 projects going forward smoothly. The economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has been rising against the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the bilateral trade between our two countries reached 61.15 billion USD, with a year-on-year increase of 0.3%. China’s non-financial direct investment in the Philippines hit $140 million USD, which was 1.36 times more than the number in 2019. During the first quarter this year, the bilateral trade reached 16.49 billion USD and China’s non-financial direct investment in the Philippines 27.36 million USD, increased by 34.7% and 85.2% respectively. China remains the largest trading partner, the largest source of imports, the third largest export market and the second largest foreign investors of the Philippines. Tropical fruits from the Philippines such as bananas and avocados have been served on the dining tables of more and more Chinese families.The China-Philippines friendship is best exemplified during our common fight against the COVID-19. Last year, at the height of China's battle with COVID-19, the Philippine government and people from all walks of life provided valued support and assistance to China. In light of the pandemic situation in the Philippines, China has also extended every help and support to the Philippines to the best of its ability. We have promptly provided well-needed medical supplies to the Philippines, and shared our hard-earned experience and dispatched an anti-pandemic medical expert team to the Philippines. Together with our Filipino friends, many memorable “Firsts” were recorded. China was the first country to donate test kits, the first and the only country to dispatch anti-pandemic medical expert team to the Philippines, and also the first country to issue special permit for the Philippine military air crafts and vessels to land and dock in China for the transportation of medical supplies. China’s Sinovac was the first Covid vaccine to arrive in the Philippines both through government-to-government donation and commercial procurement, and it now tops the list of most welcomed and trusted Covid vaccines among Filipinos.Even best friends have differences. The South China Sea issue is neither the keynote nor the sum total of our bilateral relations. The two sides should by no means allow this single dispute to derail the overall relations. Under the guidance of our two leaders, China and the Philippines have been dedicated to managing differences through friendly dialogues and consultations. The two countries have established mechanisms such as Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) to exchange views, enhance mutual trust and explore practical cooperation. With joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries including the Philippines, the consultation of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) is proceeding smoothly and effectively. As ships and planes carrying critical medical supplies sailing and flying over, the South China Sea is turning out to be a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.



 

  Next month China will commemorate the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The past century has witnessed the unprecedented development miracles created by the diligent Chinese people under the leadership of CPC. Especially since the convening of the 18th National Congress of the CPC, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, China has scored historic achievements in various undertakings. Against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the rising trend of uncertainty worldwide, China's GDP kicked off with a good start of 18.3% year-on-year increase in the first quarter of this year. Facing the post-pandemic era, China will continue to uphold the idea of building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind and further contribute to the global development and prosperity. We welcome neighboring countries including the Philippines to seize opportunities and take advantage of China’s development, expanding cooperation, jointly promoting the high-quality construction of the Belt and Road, so as to achieve prompt economy recovery and development in the long run.Actions speak louder than words, and true friendship would withstand the test of time. Standing at the historical crossroads, though faced with global challenges such as the changing international situation and COVID-19 pandemic, we have every reason to believe that, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping and President Duterte and with the concerted efforts from both governments and peoples, the two countries will forge an even closer China-Philippines comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship in the new era, and our friendship would shine brighter in the tempering of time.

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