Philippines, China foreign ministers reaffirm ties

Activists display anti-China placards and flags during a protest at a park in Manila on June 18, 2019, after a Chinese vessel last week collided with a Philippine fishing boat which sank in the disputed South China Sea and sailed away sparking outrage. The sinking of the Filipino fishing boat by the Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea was "just a collision", the Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte said on June 17 as he moved to soothe anger over the crash. AFP/Ted Aljibe. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MANILA, Oct 11, 2020, Bloomberg. The Philippines and China foreign ministers reaffirmed the “continuing vitality” of their countries’ relations amid recent tensions in the South China Sea, Business World reported.

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted Philippines counterpart Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. at a meeting in Tengchong City, in the southern province of Yunnan, on Saturday to discuss political and economic cooperation, according to a statement issued by Manila.

Mr. Wang affirmed China’s commitment to support the Philippines’ infrastructure program, it said.

“The two foreign ministers also engaged in a candid and in-depth exchange on regional security concerns, as well as issues of mutual interest in the context of ASEAN-China relations in which the Philippines acts as China coordinator,” the statement said.

The meeting came weeks after Mr. Locsin said the Philippines won’t follow China’s policy of keeping the US out of the South China Sea, and President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s remarks before the United Nations that the Philippines will “firmly reject attempts to undermine” a 2016 arbitral ruling in its favor in the maritime dispute.

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