'Great honor': Chinese envoy meets Bongbong Marcos anew at embassy event

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian met with presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at an event organized by the Chinese Embassy in Manila.

Marcos attended the ceremony for the embassy's new photo wall on Wednesday, which included the image of his father, the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Huang said it was a "great honor" to meet the presidential aspirant and his family.

"While always cherish and honor old friends, we hope that more and more people from our two countries will be committed to deepening our partnership and cooperation... Together, we are opening up a brighter future!" the envoy said in a Facebook post.

Marcos and Huang also met earlier this year in another event at the embassy.

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario previously said high officials from China bragged that they used their influence in the 2016 national polls so that then-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would win as president.

Duterte has vehemently denied China helped him secure 16 million votes in the election.

Bongbong Marcos recently said the Philippines cannot go to war against China following the Asian giant's incursions in the West Philippine Sea, supporting Duterte's stance.