RP Aligning Foreign Policy with Role of US, Japan, China
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG
The Philippines will continue to align its foreign policy with the security and political concerns of the United States, Japan and China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said yesterday.
President Arroyo has stressed that she values the Philippines diplomatic and economic ties with these three countries acknowledged to be shaping world politics.
Arroyo spoke at the end of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit in Santiago, Chile where earlier, the foreign ministers of APEC, including Secretary Romulo, held their own meeting.
Romulo said the political and security concerns of the US, Japan and China will have a direct impact on trade and economy not only in the Philippines but also in the rest of the world.
During the 12th APEC meeting in Chile, Arroyo met with US President George W. Bush, Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
In the meeting between Koizumi and Arroyo, both committed to further accelerate Philippine-Japan economic partnership.
With Bush, Arroyo had the "longest bilateral meeting" lasting for about two hours, during which the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues involving their countries common interests.
In her meeting with Hu, the President reaffirmed the Philippines continuing commitment to the one-China policy.
"The prime role of the US, Japan and China in the peace and progress of the world will also continue to influence our foreign policy and President Arroyo is determined to forge strategic diplomacy at the highest levels of leadership," said Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye.
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