MANILA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Friday he will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the sidelines of the APEC Summit in San Francisco to discuss tensions and formulate ways forward in the South China Sea.
“We will get the view of the Chinese president on what we can do to bring down the temperature, to not escalate the situation in the West Philippine Sea,” Marcos said in a video message.
Manila refers to the part of the South China Sea that it claims as the West Philippine Sea.
“We will put together the ways forward because we are continuously trying to maintain the peace,” Marcos said ahead of a meeting with Xi at the sidelines of the APEC Summit in San Francisco.
Marcos said he also discussed South China Sea issues with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.
China’s embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
China claims sovereignty over nearly the entire South China Sea,…
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