WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

Philippines, China hold friendly talks on West Philippine Sea

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Amid tensions sparked by sovereignty right dispute over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) Philippines and China on Friday have resumed bilateral talks on the South China Sea, said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement.

Philippines, China resume bilateral talks on South China Sea

DFA said the sixth meeting held virtually of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM) was hosted by the Philippines.

The BCM was established by President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in 2016 to serve as a platform for dialogue on the growing bilateral relationship between the two countries, as China refused to recognize Philippine sovereignty over the WPS.

“The two sides had friendly and candid exchanges on the general situation and specific issues of concern in the South China Sea. There was mutual recognition of the importance of dialogue in easing tensions and understanding each country’s position and intentions in the area,” the DFA said. 

DFA added that “the Philippines reiterated its long-standing call for full respect and adherence to international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and its authoritative interpretation and application – the final and binding 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award.” 

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