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The relationship gave birth to a state visit by no less than Chinese President Xi Jinping — a first in 13 years — from November 20 to Research by Rappler has shown that these have resulted in over deals, pledges, agreements, or donations being made between the two countries. Many of these projects are also still in the pipeline, with a few that have started already. Photo from the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Among the nearly projects or agreements between the Philippines and China, reports and documents fom the National Economic and Development Authority show 3 have started construction:. A of projects remain in the pipeline — almost all of which are part of the Duterte administration's massive infrastructure plan, "Build, build, build.
Several speeches from Chinese officials show the country views this as an opportunity to sync efforts of its Belt and Road Initative with those of the Philippines' infrastructure boost and Ambisyon Natin — the year, long-term vision for development planning. Apart from these, there were also several projects reported to be considered for funding from China, though these have yet to be placed in NEDA's pipeline of projects with official development assistance:.
For a of these projects, such as those of the National Irrigation Authority, studies were already on the way as of with the agency hoping to fast-track its implementation with assistance from China. The 6 projects are the following:. When disaster or conflict strikes, China, like other countries, also extends assistance to the Philippines.
This was evident in its billion-peso donations to Manila for the rehabilitation of Marawi and for relief assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Vinta and the 6. Both occurred in Meanwhile, Chinese companies interested in participating in rehabilitation efforts in the country did not always see their plans come to fruition. For instance, the Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium unsuccessfully pushed for its bid to build the war-torn Marawi City after it failed to show the legal and financial capacity to do so. Two Chinese companies part of the group were also found to have been blacklisted by the World Bank.
Oftentimes, most, if not all, visits also saw Philippine and Chinese officials several agreements for partnerships between parallel agencies. These took the form of an exhange of letters to ify interest in investing or purchasing certain products from both countries. For instance, President Duterte's trip to China for the Boao Forum for Asia in April saw 5 documents ed for possible cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, education, and communications. The same trip also saw 10 Chinese companies letters of intent to invest billions in the Philippines.
Because these are usually ed to ify intent to cooperate, MOUs and MOAs do not automatically mean concrete investments will be made by either country. While some have led to concrete projects placed in the infrstructure pipeline, others remain simply an expression of intent, as they are non-binding documents.
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