PH, China ruling parties should ‘share experiences of governance,’ says new envoy

Rambo Talabong
Ambassador Huang Xilian also says he would work on enhancing mutual trust and understanding between China and the Philippines, especially as the two countries mark their 45th year of diplomatic relations in 2020

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian at  the Thematic Briefing on the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in Makati City on December 6, 2019. The event was attended by PDP Laban officials, led by party president Senator Koko Pimentel (right).  Photo from the Chinese Embassy

MANILA, Philippines – New Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian stressed the importance of “sharing experiences of governance” between the ruling political parties of China and the Philippines, the Chinese embassy said in a statement on Saturday, December 7.

The Chinese embassy said that Huang made the statement in a speech during a thematic briefing of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati on Friday, December 6, which was also attended by leaders of the ruling PDP-Laban.

“Ambassador Huang expressed that as ruling political parties of developing countries, both CPC and the ruling political parties coalition led by the PDP-Laban shoulder great responsibilities to further develop their countries and improve the capacity for governance,” the embassy said.

“He stressed the importance of sharing experiences of governance so as to serve the people better,” it added.

Present at the meeting were CPC member Wang Ning, PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr, Vice President for International Affairs of PDP-Laban Secretary Raul Lambino, and prominent members of the Filipino-Chinese community.

PDP-Laban established ties with the CPC since party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte embarked on an “independent foreign policy” with a pivot to non-traditional allies like China and Russia.  (READ: PDP-Laban ‘very open’ to learn ideology, policy fro, China’s Communist Party)

During the Friday event, Huang also said that he would work on enhancing “mutual trust and understanding” between China and the Philippines, especially as the two countries mark their 45th year of diplomatic relations next year.

“Ambassador Huang also mentioned that the year 2020 marks the 45th anniversary of China-Philippines diplomatic relations. The ambassador said he is ready to make all efforts to work together and further promote high-level exchanges, facilitate practical cooperation and enhance mutual trust and understanding between the two countries,” the Chinese embassy said.

Huang arrived in Manila in early December to assume the post last held by Ambassador  Zhao Jianhua, who was ambassador to the Philippines for 5 years. (READ: Meet Huang Xilian, China’s new ambassador to Philippines)

Cooperation between PDP-Laban and CPC is being fortified amid concerns over China’s growing influence over the Philippines under Duterte. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.