Marcos meets Xi to ease South China Sea tensions

Marcos meets Xi to ease South China Sea tensions

President Bongbong Marcos Jr., sought to cool tensions over the maritime dispute with China. He earlier said he would get the view of Xi in what they can do to bring down the temperature and not escalate the situation in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

On the sidelines of the APEC Summit, Marcos told reporters that the Philippines and China need to continue to communicate, with the meeting a key part of the process to maintain peace, and to keep open the sea lanes and airways over the South China Sea (SCS).

The President also voiced concern over incidents between the vessels of China and the Philippines, including one collision. He said he also raised the concerns of Filipino fishermen and asked Xi that Philippines and China should go back to the situation where both their fishermen were fishing together in these waters.

“I asked that we go back to the situation where both Chinese and Filipino fishermen were fishing together in these waters,” according to Pres. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., Republic of the Philippines.

Pres Marcos: WPS issue not the defining element of PH-China relationship

Meanwhile, when asked about specific agreements on how to ease the tensions in South China Sea, PBBM said he and Xi agree that geopolitical problems should not be the defining element of the relationship between Philippines and China.

“That’s essentially the message that we spoke of to each other, that we were in agreement that the problems that we have in South China Sea, with China, should not be the defining element of our relationship,” President Marcos added.

The meeting between Xi and Marcos came two days after the latter also met with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.

 

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