WORLD-ASIA AND PACIFIC | China, Philippines should properly manage differences: Beijing
This handout photograph released by the Philippine’s Office of the Press Secretary and taken on January 4, 2023 shows Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr (2nd left) and his wife Louise Marcos (left) posing for a photo with China’s President Xi Jinping (2nd right) and his wife Peng Liyuan (right) during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of People in Beijing. (AFP/Handout)
China and the Philippines should manage their differences properly, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday, after the first in-person meeting between senior diplomats from the countries since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bilateral tensions have risen recently over naval disputes in contested areas of the South China Sea and the increasing US military presence in the Philippines.
“Both sides reaffirmed the importance of properly managing differences through friendly consultations, as well as maintaining the general direction of Sino-Philippine friendship,” Beijing’s ministry said in a statement.
TOPICS : China, Philippines, diplomacy, geopolitics, South-China-Sea, Xi-Jinping, US, Marcos-Jr,
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