Singtao Daily reports: The Philippine ambassador to China’s recent stroke provided Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario with the opportunity to make an informal visit to China and meet Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
It was his first visit to China since the standoff between Chinese and Philippine boats at Huangyan Islands in mid-April
Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry’s website reports: Yang and Rosario exchanged views on bilateral relations and issues of common concern in a positive atmosphere.
Philippine spokesman Raul Hernandez said that the two countries’ foreign ministers discussed topics of mutual concern and their meeting was quite fruitful.
It was reported that Rosario once complained to Philippine media, saying that due to the standoff at Huangyan Islands, his request for visiting China was rejected by China time and again.
However, the accidental stroke suffered by the Philippine ambassador to China, Sonia Brady, provided him with an excuse to visit China.
Brady, 71, had been retired, but when the disputes over sovereignty of the South China Sea fiercely intensified, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III asked her to serve as ambassador again, hoping that she might ease the tension between the two countries by her professional expertise in Chinese affairs.
On August 22, she suffered a sudden a stroke at her official residence and was immediately hospitalised.
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