A DELEGATION from China’s southern province of Hainan met with the Finance department last month to firm up partnerships initiated during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to China in October.
In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said he met with Hainan officials to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the Philippines and the island-province in the areas of tourism, agriculture and fisheries.
“We came here to implement the consensus agreements between President Xi Jinping and President Duterte,” said Liu Cigui, Communist Party secretary for Hainan province, was quoted as saying during the meeting.
Mr. Liu said under study are cruise line operations to further boost tourism between the Philippines and Hainan, which will complement the direct flights also under study between Hainan and Cebu.
Both sides are also looking to expand exports of Philippine tropical fruits and vegetables. Hainan may also provide assistance to the Philippines in producing high-yielding hybrid rice.
Mr. Dominguez, for his part, said: “I can see a lot of business to be done between Hainan and the Philippines.”
He added that he expects Philippines to develop “closer relationships with Hainan.”
The Hainan delegation also included Lyu Yong, director-general of the Provincial Department of Commerce; Wang Sheng, director-general of the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office; Fu Xuanchao, director-general of the Provincial Committee of Development and Reform; and Xin Di, the CEO of Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd., which is China’s largest private airline.
The officials were accompanied to the meeting by Chinese Ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua. — Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan