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Philippine foreign secretary meets China's Yang

Philippine foreign secretary meets China's Yang

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has held talks with his Chinese counterpart in their first meeting since a standoff between Chinese and Filipino ships at a disputed shoal renewed tensions in the South China Sea earlier this year.
Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said talks between del Rosario and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Saturday in Beijing covered "issues of mutual concern" and were "productive."
The standoff at the Scarborough Shoal west of the Philippines' Luzon Island began in April after the Philippine navy accosted Chinese fishermen for alleged poaching.
Chinese ships are still in the area. President Benigno Aquino III ordered Philippine ships away in June because of bad weather. Del Rosario told reporters this week they may be sent back after the weather clears.


Updated : 2021-04-23 14:49 GMT+08:00