New China envoy tries to mend fences with Philippines
Published on Apr 8, 2014 8:01 PM
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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