Envoy: China won't meddle in PH elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5)— Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said Beijing will not meddle in the upcoming Philippine elections, stressing that it never interferes with the internal politics of other countries.

"China never interferes in the internal politics of other countries, and the election is an internal politics in the Philippines. We believe that the Philippine people have the wisdom to choose their own leader," Huang said during the symposium series of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies on Saturday.

He also denied the existence of a "Manchurian candidate," or a politician from a smaller country being used as a "puppet" by a powerful state for its own interests.

"As far as China-Philippine relations, you know that is under the guidance of our top leaders in the past five years. Our bilateral relations have picked up a new momentum to serve the interest of our people," Huang said.

Huang added that the East Asian nation is willing to work with whoever succeeds President Rodrigo Duterte this year.

"We will continue to work with the leader elected by the Philippines to continue this good momentum of our bilateral relations to bring more benefits to both our peoples," the ambassador said.

Duterte — who has forged close ties with China — has yet to endorse a presidential candidate for the May polls.