PHL brings maritime issues to China

President Aquino opens issues of maritime disputes in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, at least on the sidelines.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said that South China Sea was touched broadly during bilateral meetings of Aquino with Vietnam, Canada, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Thailand held at Philippine Embassy in Beijing, China.

“For example, in the case of Vietnam, there was common agreement that we would continue to pursue dispute settlement on the basis of peaceful means in accordance with the rule of law using UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea),” del Rosario said.

While with Canada, Philippines had a “broad discussions on the application of international law in resolving regional disputes.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that amid maritime disputes “China has been a gracious host to all member-economies that have come to attend the APEC summit.”

“I did not sense any awkwardness when the President attended the CEO summit yesterday. He also did not mention anything,” Valte explained.