China Debunks Power Grid Control Over Philippines

Shuang expressed that they consider the Philippines as a friendly neighbor and important partner to further forward their businesses and strengthen ties across Southeast Asia.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Gen Shuang’s Regular Press Conference took place in Beijing last November 27, 2019.

The press briefing opened a conversation on China’s plan to control the Philippines’ power grid through a state-owned company, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). This claim is said to be a threat to the country’s national security, which was debunked by Shuang saying that this threat is completely groundless.

The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) revealed a possibility of China’s takeover in a budget hearing last week, considering its 40 percent stake in a private consortium.

Spokesperson Gen Shuang dismissed allegations against China to control and abuse their partnership with Philippines. He defended China’s position and says that the State Grid Corporation of China took part in the Transco Project only as a cooperation partner to “provide safe, efficient and high-quality services and offer necessary technical support upon request.” This project, according to Shuang, is fully operated and managed by Filipino stakeholders.

On claims that China might take over Philippines and control its power grid, Shuang expressed that they consider the Philippines as a friendly neighbor and important partner to further forward their businesses and strengthen ties across Southeast Asia.

“We support Chinese businesses' pursuit of practical, win-win cooperation in the Philippines in accordance with laws and regulations. We hope certain individuals in the Philippines will look at cooperation with China in an open, objective and impartial manner. There is no need to worry about the sky falling or imagine trouble where there is none,” Shuang pointed. 

China’s “Brighten Up” Project was launched to bring electricity to remote areas in the Philippines, and has been applauded by local authorities and people. 

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