MANILA, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded China's efforts to combat COVID-19, saying China will defeat the novel coronavirus disease under the strong leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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During a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian on Wednesday, Duterte extended sympathies to the Chinese people and expressed full confidence that China will defeat the epidemic under the strong leadership of Xi.
Duterte said that as this year marks the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, the Philippines looks forward to deepening relations with China in various fields.
Huang appreciated the solidarity and support extended by the Philippine government and people during the outbreak, saying that China is willing to offer assistance to the Philippines if needed.