Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25. Photo: Simon Song

Philippines open for business with China, but stands firm on insisting Beijing respects its sovereignty: trade secretary

  • Speaking before the Belt and Road Forum, Ramon Lopez says China has not been an aggressor, but any threat to its jurisdiction might affect bilateral trade ties
  • This month, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened military action after Beijing let hundreds of vessels sail near a Philippine-claimed island in South China Sea
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25. Photo: Simon Song
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, before the meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tries to smooth over South China Sea tensions in meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

  • Philippine leader seeks to set differences aside and pledges support for belt and road plans as he meets Chinese counterpart
Topic |   Belt and Road: 2019 Forum

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, before the meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
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