THE Philippines and China has agreed to return to dialogue in resolving the South China Sea issue, the Chinese vice foreign minister said.
Liu Zhenmin told reporters in a briefing following the signing ceremony that President Duterte and President Xi agreed to go five years back and pursue bilateral talks.
“The two presidents agreed that China and the Philippines will return to the track of dialogue and consultation to properly handle the South China Sea issue,” Liu said through a translator.
“This in itself signifies a new stage of the maritime cooperation between the two countries,” he added.
“China is ready for discussions with friends in the Philippines on maritime cooperation and cooperation on other areas,” Liu said.
Liu said both sides mentioned South China Sea during the bilateral meeting but agreed that it should not be the “sum total” of Philippines-China relationship.