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Philippines to replace ailing envoy to Beijing

Philippines to replace ailing envoy to Beijing

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the replacement of an ailing ambassador who was deployed to China three months ago to help resolve a territorial rift between the Asian neighbors.
Ambassador Sonia Brady has been hospitalized in Beijing since suffering a stroke Wednesday. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Monday her condition was improving. Del Rosario made a sudden trip to Beijing over the weekend and has returned to Manila.
Del Rosario says Aquino has ordered him to start looking for Brady's replacement to ensure her full recovery.
Del Rosario says he also met his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, in Beijing to discuss ways to improve relations in the South China Sea. A standoff between Chinese and Filipino ships at a disputed shoal renewed tensions this year.


Updated : 2021-06-22 04:20 GMT+08:00