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Philippine president Aquino to visit Japan as China tensions mount

Published on Jun 18, 2014 11:28 AM
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino gestures as he speaks to reporters on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe meeting in Manila on June 5, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino will visit Japan next week, with the row over China's territorial ambitions likely on the agenda, his office said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino will visit Japan next week, with the row over China's territorial ambitions likely on the agenda, his office said on Wednesday.

Mr Aquino will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the one-day trip on June 24, in another move to deepen ties as the two nations have endured increasingly hostile disputes with China over rival maritime territorial claims.

The tensions will "likely" be a topic of discussion when the leaders meet, Mr Aquino's spokesman Abigail Valte told AFP, although she did not want to give further details until an official agenda was determined.

In a statement announcing the trip on Tuesday evening, the Philippine foreign ministry also indicated the China tensions would be discussed, while referring to a "strategic partnership" between the two nations.

 
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