China is asking the Philippine government to agree and solve the issue of West Philippine Sea bilaterally. That both countries will benefit equally, though. At a certain point of views meet each other halfway.
“We should implement the important consensus reached by both leaders during last year’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, constructively handle relevant issues and create atmosphere and conditions for the return of better relations to the right course of development,” Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press briefing November 9.
“It is hoped that the Philippine side will meet China halfway.” Hong Lei said.
Today, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is scheduled to meet Foreign Affairs Minister of China Wang Yi. “Both will exchange views on how to improve the relationship between China and the Philippines,” Hong Lei added.
Wang Yi and del Rosario will also make preparations for the planned Manila visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting next week.
The high-level bilateral meeting today is first after tension in light of the West Philippine Sea dispute between the Philippines and China since it started in 2012.
A Chinese spokesman said that “The bilateral relationship is assailed by the challenges and difficulties due to reasons known to all. This is not what the Chinese side wants to see. The Chinese side attaches importance to its relationship with the Philippines and stays focused on legitimately determining pertinent issues through consultations and negotiations.” – Carl E.