Former President Joseph Estrada on Thursday said the Philippines needs China’s help to modernize the country, and expressed his hope that Sino- Philippines relations will improve in the near future.
“The Philippines needs China more than China needs the Philippines,” said Estrada, also the current mayor of the city of Manila, during an exclusive interview with Chinese media, including state-run outfit Xinhua.
He said the Philippines’s infrastructure construction lagged behind other Asian countries.
This is truer especially in the transportation sector as the country’s airport was once rated the worst in Asia and its citizens suffer a lot from inconvenience caused by traffic jams, he added.
“It is necessary for the Philippines to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. I hope China will help us,” he said.
Xinhua also reported that Estrada, who paid a state visit to China 15 years ago as the president of the Philippines, will attend China’s V-Day celebrations on September 3 in Beijing.