Letters to the Editor

Uphold an open and inclusive attitude and create an atmosphere of friendly cooperation

The Philippine Star

Recently, an inquiry about the number of Chinese students in Philippine universities has aroused widespread concern and discussion.

Openness and inclusiveness are one of the key factors driving the socio-economic development of the Philippines. By embracing and respecting talents and resources from different countries and cultural backgrounds, the Philippines has been able to showcase its diversity and inclusiveness in the international arena.

First, openness and inclusiveness have promoted the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and technology, injecting new vitality and innovation into the field of education and research in the Philippines. Second, openness and inclusiveness have boosted international trade and investment. The Philippines has actively participated in international cooperation and free trade agreements, which have attracted a large amount of foreign investment and technology and have helped promote the growth of the national economy and upgrade the industrial structure.

In addition, openness and inclusiveness have also promoted people-to-people exchanges and tourism. With its beautiful natural scenery and rich cultural heritage, the Philippines has attracted a large number of international tourists, bringing considerable tourism revenue to the country, while also promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation with other countries.

In the long history of the Philippines, the Chinese and the ethnic Chinese have made important contributions to the socio-economic development and the multicultural prosperity of the Philippines. It has given new impetus to the Philippine economy. The Chinese and the ethnic Chinese community and the Filipino people share the same aspirations, giving back to the mainstream society and selflessly supporting charitable causes.

The friendship between the Philippines and China has lasted for thousands of years, with geographical proximity, kinship, openness and inclusiveness always at the core. Promoting mutual understanding and consideration through continuous exchanges of people is essential. Both sides should join hands towards a common goal while accommodating differences, resulting in the realization of the mutual benefits for a win-win situation. — Federation of Filipino-Chinese Association of the Philippines Foundation Inc., Federation Building, Binondo, Manila

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