President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. looks forward to stronger Philippine-China ties as both nations celebrate the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them. Marcos Jr. recalled the founding of the official diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China under his father and late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. He also mentioned that he is proud to have been part in laying the groundwork as former First First Lady Imelda Marcos and he had the chance to interact with former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong in 1974, paving the way for his father’s historic visit to China in 1975. The President said his meeting with President Xi Jinping earlier was filled with “spirit of mutual cooperation and mutual respect”. “As we turn our gaze towards the future, I look forward to the continued strengthening of Philippines-China bilateral relations,” he said.