Ways to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea were sought by the presidents of the Philippines and China in a discussion they had in San Francisco, USA, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
The president of PhilippinesFerdinand Marcos the Younger, told reporters that he had expressed his concern to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about the incidents between the two countries’ ships in that maritime area.
“We tried to find mechanisms to reduce tensions in the South China Sea,” Marcos said, adding that China’s president shared the view that geopolitical tensions should not define Manila-Beijing relations. “I think nobody wants to go to war”underlined the president of the Philippines.
Filipino fishermen complain that Chinese coast guard vessels are preventing them from fishing in areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
China claims almost the entire South China Sea, defying a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration that rejected Beijing’s claim.
Source: News Beast
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