Ex. pres. Arroyo wants Filipino students to learn ‘Chinese economic miracle’
Former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has sought help from the Filipino-Chinese businessmen on her advocacy to send to China qualified students from each region in the country in order for them to learn from “Chinese economic miracle.”
Arroyo made the call during her recent attendance at the Mid-Term Regional Members’ Association Conference of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) in Manila.
“If I may as my advocacy, I would like to identify one young Filipino or Filipina university student for each of the Philippines’s regions – so 14 all in all – who are academically gifted, of good character, with leadership qualities, and are less financially privileged,” she said.
“I would like them to visit China for one week so they will get a direct insight into China’s outlook towards progress in the East Asian continent, and China’s outlook on the role of technology and infrastructure in national progress,” Arroyo explained.
During the students’ trip, the lawmaker said she expects them to have an opportunity to meet with Chinese students who could give them better understanding of the present situation in China and what is in store for the country.
When they return, Arroyo said the young Filipino students will become ““community ambassadors (who will spread) the word of Asian regional development based on modern technology and infrastructure as they have witnessed it in China.”
“That way our friendship with China by work put on by FVR (former President Fidel V. Ramos), myself, and now fantastically well by President Duterte can go on in the future generation of China and the Philippines. So I hope that this is something that can take off for the next generation,” she said.
Arroyo was recently elected as a new member of the board of directors of the Chinese-led Boao Forum for Asia, replacing Ramos.
With her new role, she has promised to advance further the Philippine-China relationship.
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