Ex-pres­i­dent Ramos to ‘rekin­dle’ ties with China

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Ex-Philip­pine pres­i­dent Fidel Ramos left for Hong Kong to “rekin­dle” ties with Bei­jing that have soured over a ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute in the South China Sea. Mr Ramos, 88, whom Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte named as his en­voy for talks with Bei­jing, stressed that he was not go­ing as a ne­go­tia­tor, but that he hoped to re­open dia­logue be­tween the two coun­tries. “I am just the ice­breaker, to rekin­dle, to warm up again our good, friendly re­la­tions with China,” said Mr Ramos, who served as pres­i­dent from 1992 to 1998. Ties be­tween Manila and Bei­jing have cooled es­pe­cially since a United Na­tions-backed tri­bunal handed the Philip­pines a sweep­ing vic­tory last month when it ruled that China’s claims over most of the South China Sea were in­valid. China has re­fused to recog­nise the tri­bunal’s de­ci­sion.

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