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China and Philippines To Resolve South China Sea Issue with Talks


China and Philippines will be starting their bilateral consultations this week, over the disputed South China Sea.

China and Philippines will now be making efforts to ease the tensions related to the South China Sea conflicts. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has revealed that they aim to overcome the sovereignty rows and deal with disputed South China Sea and this week, they will be having bilateral talks for the same. Manila’s ambassador to Beijing told on Saturday that both China and Philippines wishes to establish better relationship.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be attending a summit in Beijing on China’s new Silk Route plan, Reuters reported. President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration wants the focus to shift from sovereignty rows and wants to attract investments and business from China.

Jose Santiago Santa Romana, the Philippine ambassador to China feels that the issue will surely not be resolved in a day or overnight but with the rights efforts, the issues can surely be resolved in the days to come.  He further revealed that the first step in the form of the first bilateral talks, is scheduled this week and it will be held in China. More such sessions will be held twice a year and it will help both China and Philippines to share their views on the issues relate to South China Sea.

Notably, Santa Romana made all the announcement prior to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s arrival in Beijing for the summit that is the pet project of the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It is worth mentioning here that Duterte’s administration is viewing the South China Sea issue in completely different angle and unlike previous times, they now want to overcome all issues and territorial rows, paving the way for a cordial relationship with China. Moreover, Philippines is also mending its relationship with Russia.


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