China ready to work with Philippines through dialogue

December 19, 2023 - 4:09 PM
Huang Xilian
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian speaking at the 8th Manila Forum of the Association for Philippine-China Understanding on April 14, 2023 in this photo posted on his Facebook page (AmbHuangXilian/Facebook)

China is ready to work with the Philippines through dialogue, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The recent development in the South China Sea is the fault of the Philippines but relations between the two countries are not all about disputes, the ministry said in response to the Philippine President’s comment on bilateral ties.

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said a “paradigm shift” was needed in how his country approaches the South China Sea issue, as diplomatic efforts with Beijing were headed “in a poor direction”.

READ: Marcos says diplomatic efforts with China heading ‘in poor direction’ | Marcos says tensions in South China Sea have increased

— Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Jacqueline Wong