CONSUL GENERAL’S ILOILO VISIT AIMS TO STRENGTHEN PH-CHINA TIES
Chinese consul general Jia Li (center) glees as he receives a token from Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. during the former’s courtesy call on Thursday, October 25, 2018. (Capitol PIO photo)
Chinese consul general Jia Li visited Iloilo on Oct. 25, 2018 with the aim of strengthening the ties between China and the Philippines.
Li paid a courtesy call to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. on Thursday and he assured his support for the plans of the provincial government. He said the governor could come anytime to his office in Cebu if he has some concern.
“I want to meet the governor. This is an opportunity to discuss on how we can enhance the relationship between China and the Philippines, may it be political, economic, or cultural,” he said.
Governor Defensor shared that Iloilo has one of the biggest Chinese communities in the country. The Ilonggo-Chinese community has been instrumental in the business environment both in the city and province.
“Iloilo is one of the earliest Chinese settlements long before the Americans arrive. We’ve been training with China for centuries,” Defensor said.
Li said they also encourage people-to-people exchange program. They target the Filipino youth to go to China to study Mandarin. In exchange, they hope for the Chinese to get immersed with the history and culture of the Philippines.
“The youth is the future of the country. They are the important resources of the nation,” he said.
Li also attended the 15th founding anniversary luncheon of the Iloilo Scholastic Academy on Thursday at the Iloilo Grand Xing Imperial Hotel.