Manalo says Japan supports Manila’s position on South China Sea

July 8, 2024 - 12:57 PM
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. gestures as he speaks to Japan Defence Minister Minoru Kihara and Japan Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, following signing of the reciprocal access agreement, at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, July 8, 2024. (Reuters/Lisa Marie David)

The Philippines foreign minister said on Monday that Japan supports Manila’s position on the South China Sea and is for promoting rules-based order.

Philippine foreign minister Enrique Manalo made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart after the Philippines and Japan signed a reciprocal access agreement for their defense forces.

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—Reporting by Mikhail Flores; Editing by John Mair