Philippines, China discuss power cooperation

Reuters

Posted at Jan 27 2017 09:11 AM | Updated as of Jan 27 2017 10:33 AM

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte (front, L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, R) attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 20, 2016. Thomas Peter, Reuters

BEIJING - Top energy officials from China and the Philippines discussed earlier this week possible cooperation in the power, liquefied natural gas and renewable energy sectors, according to a Chinese government statement.

The two governments have agreed to deepen economic ties after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last October to mend ties that have been strained by disputes in the South China Sea.

China's National Energy Administration director Nur Bekri and Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also discussed cooperation on nuclear power, according to the statement.

Cusi also met with chairman of China National Offshore Oil Company, it said.

CNOOC was in discussions with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, about possible joint exploration but failed to reach an agreement.

Earlier this week, Beijing said it agreed to cooperate with Manila on 30 anti-poverty projects worth $3.7 billion.  - with reports from ABS-CBN News