President Duterte receives Chinese defense minister in courtesy call

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President Rodrigo Duterte received Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe in a courtesy call at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on September 11, 2020.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said “the Chief Executive acknowledges the positive developments in the Philippines-China defense and security cooperation, as well as China’s continuing support for the Philippines’ defense modernization since 2017.”

“On matters concerning the South China Sea, President Duterte stresses the importance of concluding an effective and substantive Code of Conduct that shall be the lasting legacy of countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China in ensuring peace, security and stability in the area,” he added.

Secretary Roque said during the courtesy call, State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei conveyed that China is ready to embark on maritime cooperation with the Philippines and advance negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

“The Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister is in the Philippines as part of a swing tour of ASEAN countries that include Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam,” Roque said.