In HK, Ramos dines with senior lawmaker


Updated: 2016-08-12 08:12

By An Baijie In Beijing And Deng Yanzi In Hong Kong(China Daily)

Former Philippine president Fidel Ramos had dinner with senior Chinese official Fu Ying in Hong Kong on Wednesday, which was “a good start in breaking the ice” of strained relations, according to a former Philippine official who accompanied Ramos on the trip.

Rafael Alunan III, former interior and local government secretary of the Philippines, uploaded 20 photos of the dinner to his Facebook account on Thursday. In the photos, Fu, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s top legislature, sat on the right side of Ramos, smiling while exchanging books as gifts.

“To defuse the crisis and explore opportunities is the mission. Our common ground is human and ecological security,” Alunan wrote.

Ramos began a five-day visit to Hong Kong on Monday, seeking to rekindle bilateral ties jeopardized by an arbitration case initiated by former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III.

Fu, former vice-minister of foreign affairs, served as China’s ambassador to the Philippines from 1998 to 2000. The countries improved ties during Ramos’ presidential term from 1992 to 1998.

Last month, Fu said at London-based think tank Chatham House while explaining China’s stance on the South China Sea that for long periods of its history, China suffered the humiliation of foreign invasion and aggression, leaving its people and government very sensitive about territorial integrity.

“China is firm in its stance to resist any repeat of history regardless of how insignificant or small they may seem to others. First and foremost, China wants to protect its sovereignty and rights,” she said.

Richard Heydarian, an assistant professor of political science at De La Salle University, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about what comes next after Ramos’ trip.

“Ramos hopes to get the ball rolling during his Hong Kong visit, paving the way for normalization of ties,” he said.

Li Guoqiang, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Chinese Borderland Studies, said the China-Philippines relationship has been seriously affected by the arbitration case, and Duterte’s attitude would be the key to bilateral ties.

“The Philippines should not dream of undermining China’s sovereignty interests and getting China’s investment simultaneously,” he said.

Contact the writers at anbaijie@chinadaily.com.cn

(China Daily 08/12/2016 page8)

Source: Global Times “In HK, Ramos dines with senior lawmaker”

Note: This is Global Times report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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4 Comments on “In HK, Ramos dines with senior lawmaker”

  1. Steve says:

    It’s wise that Ex President Ramos dine slowly on Hong Kong’s famous roast duck, pork and SCS seafood and not neglect on his medicine for his heart ailment. President Duterte need Ramos to set both PH and China back to bilateral negotiations. Filipinos should realise by now, that Aquino was indeed a wayward unreliable leader. Aquino was the cause for the Scarborough Shoal stand off and when he lost the offensive posture and retreated, he then decided to initiate the PCA Hague Arbitration. What a self centred foolish leader.

    However, there has been reports that China maybe taking over Huangyan island with almost triple the number of government ships around the vicinity. This maybe a sign that if Ramos on behalf of his government insist on China accepting the PCA ruling, the probability of China occupying the Huangyan island is just on the horizon, waiting to pounce.

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    • Simon says:

      Duterte has to show sincerity and accept Chinese leadership by submission to agree to China’s terms and publicly rip up the illegal arbitration by the PCA.

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      • Steve says:

        U are a hardliner, a hard man just like President Duterte. Since he came to power about 500 drug addicts & sellers killed and prisons overloaded. The good thing is he will be arresting politicians, judges, etc for corruption. Wonder if Aquino, Rosario and gang are among the list. He dislike the US. He called the US Ambassador a homosexual offspring. The problem for him is that his country is financially poor. He need to unite with UNCLE HAN to gain benefits.

        I believe the main issue for him now is Huangyan island. If this yellow rock island can be solved, there will be peace.

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  2. Simon says:

    America and anti Turkish group supported by it was behind the recent coup in Turkey. This has now made once sword enemies Russia and Turkey closer. Turkey a NATO member has even joined Russia against IS and American backed rebels in Syria. This shows America cannot be relied on as an ally. America has use the Phillipines to stoke tension in SCS but did little to support it in militarily and did nothing help fight militant groups which is the most pressing threat to the country.

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