China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua (left), and other Chinese foreign ministry officials head for talks in Manila. Photo: AP

China, Philippines talks silent on militarisation of South China Sea

Beijing and Manila agree to pursue further joint efforts on oil and gas exploration in disputed waters but observers say they are likely to remain symbolic

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China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua (left), and other Chinese foreign ministry officials head for talks in Manila. Photo: AP
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Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.