DFA: Consultative meeting with China to be held in May

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2017 04:10 PM

MANILA - The Philippines and China are finalizing the date and venue of a bilateral consultation mechanism meeting on the South China Sea.

According to Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose, the two countries initially agreed to hold the talks in May. However, the actual date, agenda, and the officials who will take part have yet to be finalized, he said.

"May napagkasunduan na bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, at nag-offer nga ang China na mag-host nung initial meeting," Jose told reporters on Wednesday.

Jose said China did not have any prerequisites to the planned meeting.

Questions like discussing the United Nations (UN) arbitral ruling, China’s intention for facilities constructed on islands within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, among others, are expected to be discussed during the meeting, Jose said.

"Ang importante, mayroon tayong mapayapang paraan [upang pag-usapan ang mga isyung may kinalaman sa South China Sea], dahil on the part of the Philippines, we are firmly committed to our position for a peaceful settlement of disputes, and one that is in accordance with the rule of law," he said.