Marcos accepts invitation to visit China, Palace says

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2022 04:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2022 10:36 PM

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. greets Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi as the latter arrives in Malacañang for a courtesy call on the Philippine President, Tuesday, July 6, 2022. Palace Photos
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. greets Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi as the latter arrives in Malacañang for a courtesy call on the Philippine President, Tuesday, July 6, 2022. Palace Photos

MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has accepted China government's invitation to visit Beijing, Malacañang said on Friday. 

"There was an invitation but there is no date as of yet," Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles told reporters in a Palace briefing. 

This came following Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's official visit to the Philippines earlier this week. 

Meanwhile, Angeles said Marcos wanted to "bring the bilateral ties with China to a higher level" and this was among those discussed during his meet with Wang. 

On Tuesday, the President said he would "find ways to work to resolve the conflicts that we have" with China during his meeting with Wang. 

But China's top diplomat, she noted, supposedly said Philippines' "friendship" with his country "transcends" any maritime dispute. 

Manila is in a maritime dispute with Beijing amid the latter's incursions in the West Philippine sea, the country's exclusive economic zone in the resource-rich South China Sea. 

A 2016 Arbitral ruling invalidated China's economic claims in the disputed waters but the Asian power continues to disregard this and instead ramped up militarization in the area.

The Philippines' newly-elected President earlier said that he would keep an independent foreign policy.

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