Duterte willing to engage China in bilateral talks; called Xi Jinping ‘great president’

Duterte willing to engage China in bilateral talks; called Xi Jinping ‘great president’

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte called China’s Prime Minister Xi Jinping a ‘great president’ inspite of frosty relations between Asian neighbors.

Duterte gives his praise to Xi in a news conference as a response to a questions about China’s president message to congratulate him on winning the recent election.

“I was honored, receiving a congratulatory message from a great president, uh prime minister,” Duterte said.

Xi wrote to Duterte after his victory, as a sign of standard diplomatic tradition for heads of state, the Chinese foreign ministry stated.

However, Xinhua, China’s official news agency reported that Xi was hoping the two sides would get bilateral relations back on the track of sound development.

It was remember back then that China and Philippines had sour ties during six-year term of President Benigno Aquino III, whom it sued China before a United Nations tribunal over its claims to disputed areas in West Philippine Sea.

Contrary to Aquino, Duterte said that he is willing to engage China in bilateral talks on the issue.

“We will be chartering a course of our own. It will not be dependent on America, and it will be a line not intended to please anybody but the Filipino interest,” he said.

Duterte claims that he backs multilateral talks with the US, Japan and Australia as well as claimant nations to settle rows over disputed areas.

Duterte said that China, who claims most of the sea, should respect the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone granted to coastal states under international law.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in National

China plans to build 10,000 feet Massive Sea Lab underwater

MarinelleJune 8, 2016

Military Force to use by U.S. and Allies If China construct new structures in West Philippine Sea

MarinelleJune 8, 2016

Bureau of Internal Revenue imposes mass resignation due to Duterte’s tirades

MarinelleJune 6, 2016

President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte urges citizen to kill drug dealers

MarinelleJune 6, 2016

Philippine Coast Guard acquires its 1st ever multi role response vessel in Japan

JPJune 4, 2016

The world’s largest solar power system generates in one shopping mall in Philippines

MarinelleJune 4, 2016

Asus released the new Zenfone 3 line up models

OlraeMay 31, 2016

Japanese Government Donate 700 Plus Container Van For Typhoon Victim

JPMay 28, 2016

Coast Guard in Subic searches for the missing fisherman in WPS

JPMay 28, 2016

Copyright © 2015 News Gru.