Chinese Minister visit to PH rescheduled after Ompong onslaught


Posted at Sep 16 2018 04:17 PM

China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gestures during a signing ceremony in Beijing, China. Reuters file photo

MANILA - The official visit of China's Foreign Minister to the Philippines has been rescheduled after the country was lashed by typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut), the Department of Foreign Affairs said Sunday. 

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi was supposed to visit the Philippines from September 16 to 18, but this will be pushed back to a later time "in deference to Filipinos directly affected by the storm," the DFA said in a statement. 

"At this time, the DFA is focused on coordinating offers of international humanitarian assistance through the Philippine Humanitarian Assistance Registry (PHAR) and in extending assistance to OFWs stranded in ports around the country." 

Earlier, the DFA warned Filipinos in Hong Kong to prepare for the onslaught of Mangkhut.

The typhoon hit Hong Kong Sunday and is now barreling towards China.