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New China envoy tries to mend fences with Philippines

Published on Apr 8, 2014 8:01 PM
 
In this photo taken March 29, 2014, an aerial view shows a Philippines Navy vessel that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the nation's sovereignty over the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea reef also claimed by China. China's new ambassador to the Philippines on Tuesday met President Benigno Aquino to try to mend relations strained by a festering territorial dispute. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - China's new ambassador to the Philippines on Tuesday met President Benigno Aquino to try to mend relations strained by a festering territorial dispute.

Mr Zhao Jianhua, who arrived in the Philippines over a month ago, briefly met Mr Aquino after presenting his credentials, said presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

"It went well," she told reporters.

Ms Valte said the delay in Mr Aquino receiving the ambassador was due to his busy schedule and was not caused by the two countries' competing claims to parts of the South China Sea.

 
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