Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang lauded the effort of the new President Rodrigo Duterte to start diplomatic dialogues to resolve the South China Sea issue.
“Since taking office, President Duterte has on many occasions expressed his readiness to properly resolve the South China Sea issue with China, resume bilateral talks and improve bilateral relations,” The Manila Times quoted the spokesperson as saying on Saturday.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he planned to send former President Fidel V Ramos to China as special envoy to start talks over the South China Sea dispute.
“I would like to respectfully ask (former President Fidel Ramos) to go to China and start the talks,” Duterte said.
“China welcomes that President Duterte is willing to send special envoy to China to start talks. China has always been sticking to the way of properly handling relevant issues between China and the Philippines through bilateral talks, and we have never closed the door of dialogue with the Philippines. As long as the two countries adhere to the way of appropriately handling differences through dialogue and consultation, I believe a prospect of bright future for bilateral relations will open up,” Lu Kang said.
The Chinese Official also said that China will not recognize the result of the arbitral “We stay committed to properly addressing issues between us through bilateral dialogue, and we have never closed the door for dialogue and consultation with the Philippines,” he said.