Vice presidential candidate Senator Bongbong Marcos is urging the government to take advantage of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting taking place next week to mend Philippines-China diplomatic relations that has been strained in recent years over West Philippine Sea maritime dispute.
“I think we should take every opportunity to talk to the Chinese, be it formally, be it informally. We have to come up with a solution between the Chinese and the Philippines,” Senator Marcos said in an interview with radio DYAB-Cebu Tuesday.
He said that Chinese President Xi Jinipping’s attendance to APEC meetings next week in Manila gives an opportunity for President Aquino and the Chinese president to hold bilateral meeting at the sidelines of next week’s event. “As long as the two sides are talking there is hope we can find a peaceful solution to the territorial dispute,” Marcos said.
Marcos also expressed that Philippines should continue with the arbitration case for this is a clear opportunity for the Philippines to present its case in an objective forum. “It is a good development sa Pilipinas na tinanggap ang kaso ng UN adjudication.”
China did not participate in the said arbitration case initiated by Philippines. The Chinese government wants to go back to bilateral negotiations and negotiations.
Yesterday, November 10, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that “the Oral Hearing on the merits of the Philippines-China arbitration case under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will be held from 24 November to 30 November 2015 at The Hague, the Netherlands.”
Also yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a meeting with Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario. “Foreign Minister Wang expressed his view that both sides can take steps to contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations and said China values its relationship with the Philippines,” DFA said.
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