Right after the bilateral meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vitnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Beijing, Foreign Affairs Secretary del Rosario said roadmap for strategic partnership of Philippines and Vietnam will be paved to enhance economic and cultural ties between two countries. The plan will focus on developing trade, investment, and people-to-people exchanges.
When asked why Philippine decided to enter into a strategic partnership with Vietnam, del Rosario said “I think that it is mostly driven by our close ties with them, and we actually have entered into a strong commitment to be able to bring our relations closer, and the way to do this is through some form of a comprehensive strategic partnership.”
However, the two countries will still need to agree on what strategic partnership means for them. “It’s possible that we need to integrate our thoughts in terms of what do we mean by ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’.”
Del Rosario added, “I think there’s enough of a history in terms of our relations and the fact that we have very close ties to get us to where we want to go.”
Philippines and Vietnam both have maritime disputes with China. The two, caught in a maritime dispute, also committed to seek for peaceful settlement based on United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.