Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam visited the Philippines on January 29 and 30. During the said visit Philippines and Vietnam began discussions towards the establishment of a Strategic Partnership and its elements with a view to elevating the level and intensity of bilateral exchanges.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario co-chaired Philippines-Viet Nam Joint Commission on concluding a Strategic Partnership with the Vietnam official.
Both countries have recognized that bilateral relations in terms of political, trade and investment, fisheries, marine and oceanic affairs, as well as defense and security cooperation is growing.
Vietnam and Philippines as parties in overlapping claims expressed serious concern over the ongoing massive reclamation activities that pose threats to the peace and stability in the region as well as to the lives of many people across the various coastal states in the South China Sea.