China-Philippines bilateral relations is at its turning point, says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister

  • China and the Philippines had established bilateral partnerships such as political, social, as well as economic and international securities to both of the countries
  • The Philippine government has raised its concerns on the disputed Scarborough Shoal while China is the major powerful country who claimed its sovereignty over the islands
  • The Chinese diplomat assures that China will be committed in bringing back its active and stable cooperation with the Philippines

On June 9, 1975, China and the Philippines had established bilateral partnerships creating developments on various fields and sectors such as political, social and economic and international securities to both of the countries.

Over the years, the relationship between China and Philippines had remain stable and active until under Benigno Aquino III, the Philippine government had raised its concerns on the disputed Scarborough Shoals while China is the major powerful country who claimed its sovereignty over the islands.

The former president sought support from his major ally, the United States, and formed a foreign policy. However, it had made the tension even more critical. Since then, China-Philippine relations was at risk.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), also called the Law of the Sea Convention or the Law of the Sea treaty had invalidated the claims of China. Despite the decision, China rejected the ruling and consistently held its claims over the disputed waters.

“At present, China-Philippine relations are at a new turning point,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said as per a GMA News story; hoping that the bilateral relations will be restored eventually.

Notwithstanding the current issues between the bilateral relationship of the Philippines and the America, the Chinese diplomat assures that China will be committed in bringing back its active and stable cooperation with the Philippines.

The foreign ministry believes in the capability of the Philippine government in resolving its conflicts with China.

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