- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. will raise the issue on the South China Sea dispute at the 49 ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting and Related Meetings to be held in Laos
- Aside from the recent ruling of The Hague, the perspectives of the Philippines on the pressing issues such as illegal drugs and human trafficking will be shared by Yasay in his first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
- Yasay emphasized that the Philippines will have future bilateral meetings with other ASEAN Foreign Ministers to better discuss their views and concerns on global and regional issues
As the 49 ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting and Related Meetings approaches, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. vowed to raise the issue on the recent ruling of the UN Tribunal on the South China Sea dispute before the other ASEAN Foreign Ministers.
“The Secretary will share the Philippines' perspectives on ASEAN community-building, the developments in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, and pressing issues of regional concern including violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illegal drugs, and climate change, among others,” as affirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in a statement released on Friday, July 22.
The 49 ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting and Related Meetings will be the foreign secretary’s first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and his second international meeting as he represented the Philippines at the 11 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia in which he also raised the issue on the Philippine’s territorial dispute against China.
The meeting will be held in Vientiane, Laos on July 23 to 26. The future talks among the foreign ministers is very timely as The Hague had already invalidated China’s claim over the disputed waters. Parts of the South China Sea are claimed by the Philippines as the West Philippine Sea.
According to the DFA, Yasay will be having bilateral discussion with several of his counterparts in the ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting.
The aim of the bilateral meetings is for the Philippines to have a better discussion and exchange of perspectives on global and regional issues and concerns that directly impact relations among nations.
"The Philippines shall continue to engage concerned parties to finding ways to reduce regional tensions and to build greater trust and confidence. In this regard, the Philippines will continue fostering mutually beneficial relations with all nations," Yasay stated.
The Philippines also welcomed bilateral talks with China, however China will not engage on negotiations involving the recent Tribunal ruling.
China does not recognize the ruling and prefers to settle the dispute bilaterally with the other claimant countries. Further, China disapproves of raising the issue before the global community. - Kami Media