GMA WELCOMES TO MALACANANG CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER
[Photo at left - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shakes hands with His Excellency Wu Guangzheng (left), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, during his call on her yesterday afternoon (October 18) at Malacañang’s Music Room. Also in photo Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. (right) (Malacañang Photo)]
MALACANANG, October 19, 2004 (OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY) GMA, visiting Chinese leader discuss GMA's recent state visit to Beijing
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today welcomed to Malacanang Wu Guangzheng, member of the standing committee, Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and his delegation, during a courtesy call.
The visiting Chinese leader talked with the President on her successful state visit to China from September 1-3 and the implementation of several agreements forged during that visit.
The President said that next month, the North Luzon Railway Project will start construction. During her visit, the President witnessed the signing of the agreement by North Luzon Railway Corporation President Jose Cortez and Ren Hongbin, chairman of the China National Machinery and Equipment Group.
Under the accord, China has committed to extend $400 million loan to the first phase of the railway project spanning the stretch from Caloocan City to Malolos, Bulacan.
This is a major infrastructure project of my administration, the President told the visiting Chinese leader.
They also talked about the $300 million Chinese investment of a glass manufacturing plant in Subic Freeport, the agreement also signed during the President’s state visit.
Wu expressed elation that he finally met the lady president of the Philippines, who he said, he has only seen on television.
The President said the Philippines would like to have more investments from China.
The senior official of the Communist Party of China and his delegation arrived in Manila yesterday, October 17, for a four-day visit, which is aimed to further strengthen bilateral relations and parliamentary cooperation between China and the Philippines.
Wu, also the secretary of the CPC’s Disciplinary Committee, led a seven-man official CPC delegation to the visit to Manila under the invitation of Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr.
During the call in Malacañang, the delegation was accompanied by Speaker de Venecia, and Bulacan Congresswoman Gloria Silverio.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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