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6 months ago | Nation | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

Malacañang says the Philippines is an “independent country that needs Chinese investment.” Simultaneously, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla believes “we also need to be pragmatic” about the Sangley airport being developed by a Chinese company.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not follow Washington’s lead and will continue infrastructure projects awarded to Chinese government corporations, even as the United States blacklisted them for their involvement in Beijing’s reclamation, militarization, and intrusion in the South China Sea.

Roque’s “categorical” statement in support of the controversial China Communications Construction Company, Ltd. (CCCC) on Tuesday, Sept. 1, comes as Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla Jr. said “we also need to be pragmatic” about the Sangley Point International Airport project.

Roque’s statement also virtually cleared the way for other Chinese-bankrolled projects worth P301.26 billion – a development welcomed by China’s top diplomat in the Philippines, Ambassador Huang Xilian.

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