With presumptive Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in an apparent win in the Philippine Presidential elections, President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both personally congratulated Marcos Jr. on his landslide victory.

First to congratulate him was China’s Xi, who sent the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, personally to meet Marcos Jr. During this visit, Huang officially handed over Xi’s congratulatory note hailing his win as the 17th President of the Philippines.

The Chinese President was reportedly “delighted” upon hearing about Marcos Jr.’s win and extended his sincere congratulations and best wishes. The note expresses that China’s relationship with the Philippines has been “strengthened” and “elevated” throughout the recent years and has brought “benefits” to the people of both countries. He further stated that the two countries have been making contributions to regional peace and stability.

“Currently, China and the Philippines are both at a critical stage of development, posing important opportunities and broad prospects for our bilateral relations. I highly value the development of China-Philippines relations,” Xi said.