BEFORE leaving his post in November, the City of Davao issued a resolution commending Chinese Ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua for what they described as “historic achievements” towards better, closer and stronger diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the Peoples Republic of China (PROC).
The resolution that was shared by the Chinese Embassy in Manila said that since Zhao assumed his post as Ambassador to the Philippines in 2014, he had made many contributions in terms of projects for the betterment of the Filipinos and the Philippines, specifically the City of Davao.
“Be it resolved, by the Sangguniang Panglungsod of the City of Davao, to highly recognize and commend the People’s Republic of China’s Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Zhao Jianhua for his historic achievements for a better, closer, and stronger diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China,” the resolution sponsored by the Committee on International Relations chaired by City Councilor Augusto Javier Campos III reads.
Highlighted in the resolution was Zhao’s efforts involving several projects set up and completed in Davao City, including the construction of 3 water pumping stations, a water system, over a dozen school buildings, and the ongoing Philippines-China medical equipment project.
The resolution also reads, the projects were all funded by the China Foundation for Peace and Development through Zhao and “the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of the Philippines through Ambassador Zhao Jianhua’s fund.”
Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post, the Philippines has renewed friendly ties with China, a 360 degrees turn from the stance of the previous administration.
The Philippines-China relations went sour when the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III filed an arbitral case in The Hague to question China’s excessive nine-dash line claims in the South China Sea (SCS).