News analysis

Wang Yi's visit sends clear message to South-east Asia: China is part of the family

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (right), meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the presidential palace in Manila, on July 6, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

BEIJING - When Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr in Manila on July 6, he wore the barong tagalog, the traditional Filipino garment reserved for formal occasions.

It was an unusual move for a foreign dignitary, since visiting officials typically only wear their host's national costume during multilateral meetings.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.