Rare meet for PH, China leaders
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President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose countries are embroiled in a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea, will be seated together during the gathering of world leaders in Manila, according to the organizers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Manila. Apec National organizing council head Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. said it is a customary seating arrangement that the two leaders will have a chance to meet briefly and have an opportunity to exchange pleasantries. Paynor said that the Aquino-Xi meeting is possible due to the so-called troika, “a normal practice among Apec economies” hosting the summit.
Barcelo, V. (2015, November 13). Rare meet for PH, China leaders. Manila Standard, p. A5.
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Disputes; Territorial waters; Law of the sea; International law; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Movement and Alliance Against China’s Aggression (MARCHA); Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Aquino, Benigno III; Paynor, Marciano Jr.; Jose, Charles; Golez, Roilo; Xi, Jinping; Wang, Yi
- Manila Standard