China rejects PH arbitral victory on South China Sea anew

China rejects PH arbitral victory on South China Sea anew

The Bureau of Customs also forged two agreements, including the Implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement Regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters with China's General Administration of Customs and the Implementation Contract on Project of China-Aid Container Inspection Equipment with the Ministry of Commerce.

There had been speculation that Mr Duterte would raise the POGO issue with his Chinese counterpart, although there were no indications at the time this story was published, that the Philippine leader had done so.

Duterte said the bilateral meeting "went very well", Panelo added.

"Whether you like it or not. we have to talk about the arbitral ruling", he had said. "Will it affect the budget?"

Duterte expressed his hope that China will continue to help the Philippines in economic development and infrastructure construction, and thanked China for support in his country's human rights cause, post-quake reconstruction, and anti-terrorism and anti-narcotics endeavors.

Duterte "has exerted a lot of diplomatic capital to build a reservoir of goodwill and friendship with President Xi", Santa Romana said.

"This will only be the start of the process", Batongbacal said.

Gabriela Women's Party also on Friday called for "utmost transparency" in the joint oil exploration deal and other agreements that were signed by Xi and Duterte.

This article, President Xi rejects Hague ruling invalidating China's claim over West PH Sea, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

The meeting comes at a tense time between the two countries.

Calling the CoC a "pioneering work" for establishing rules and order in the South China Sea, Xi said the two sides should aim to see the agreement concluded by 2021 or earlier.

Beijing told visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that its position on the South China Sea was not up for negotiation, a spokesman for the leader.

Santa Romana added that Duterte is in Beijing "to build bridges, not to burn bridges with China".

The subject of the June Recto Bank boat sinking incident also came up during the two president's meeting, with Duterte expressing "appreciation of China's readiness to provide compensation to our fishermen who nearly lost their lives", Panelo said. He had set aside the ruling to warm ties with Xi and tap Chinese funding.

Mr. Duterte is expected Thursday to bring up a 2016 ruling on the South China Sea dispute that has for years strained relations between the two countries.

Xi "wants a good media narrative out of his meeting with Duterte" said Jeffrey Ordaniel, assistant professor of global security studies at Tokyo worldwide University.

Competing claims of territorial sovereignty over islands and smaller features in the South China Sea have been longstanding sources of tension and distrust in the region.

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