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December 2, 2008

China, Philippines to strengthen ties with the US

Both China and the Philippines expressed welcome Tuesday to US Sen. Hillary Clinton's nomination as secretary of state and vowed to strengthen inter-state relationship with the United States, reported Kyodo news agency.

Attending the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Hong Kong, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said he is "looking forward to a very good working relationship with Secretary Clinton later on to further our friendship."

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo congratulated both former President Bill Clinton, who is hosting the conference, and his wife on her nomination.

"As a woman, I am very proud of her," Arroyo said. "I'm looking forward to our working together so that our already strong relations between the U.S. and the Philippines will become even stronger."

The former US president did not comment on his wife's nomination during the conference.

The two-day event is to examine problems and solutions of climate change, the financial crisis and public health, before closing Wednesday with a summation by Clinton.

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