Aquino names career diplomat new envoy to China


MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III has appointed career diplomat Sonia Brady as the Philippines’ ambassador to China, Malacañang announced Saturday.

Brady is familiar with Philippine-China relations, having served as ambassador to Beijing from April 2006 to January 2010, Abigail Valte, one of President Aquino’s spokespersons, said as she announced the appointment on the government’s radio station.

Brady also served as second secretary and consul in the embassy in Beijing from 1976 to 1978.

Her appointment comes in the wake of the country’s protests over Chinese incursions into territories claimed by the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea, the name Manila uses to refer to the South China Sea.

Philippine and Chinese vessels are currently engaged in a standoff in the Scarborough Shoal near Zambales.

Brady’s other most recent positions include being the undersecretary of foreign affairs for policy and assistant secretary for policy coordination.

President Aquino also recently appointed special envoys to China. They are Domingo Lee for tourism and Cesar Zalamea for trade.

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  • Yulin Sun

    Good. Hope it can improve the commuication between Phlippine and China.

    At least, the new ambassador should be able to understand UNCLOS.

  • Jeff Lebowski

    No matter who you put there, you can’t reason with greed and a billion mouths to feed.

  • alikabok357

    She is a better choice than Mr. Lee.

  • General_Luo

    the new envoy doesn’t seem to have an outstanding profile. 

    the PH has been ignoring China for too long. This vacancy is only filled after one year’s time.
    i doubt how good the new envoy can get work in the dispute between china and ph.

    • Bring back Phils Glory. Unite.

      doubts, doubts, doubts

      you useless freak!

  • John Loyd

    This is good move for our economy. Many Filipinos were hungry due to poverty. If Philippine Oil Company is sincere on developing these resources 100% conflict will get away with it and will help all Filipinos out of poverty by creating world class job in our country furthermore standardize our lives thru high level income, which is capitalist mostly Chinese particularly in connivance with greedy TRAPO businessman are worried about.
    Its good to bring new career diplomat than bringing caregiver which is old career term was DH (Domestic Helper) isnt it my countrymen. Let us improve our profile aim high.

  • Ben

    I`d like to reiterate once again…..Spread to the world, why we should not buy China made products. Boycott it for every dollar they earn, they will use it to bully most of her neighbors, subject her citizenry to human rights violation like the Tiannamen square massacre, and their effort to start world war 3 by building a military to rival the US, their military rise is the free world`s own doing by their so called constructive engagement, we forgot that they have other things in mind now that Communist China is strong enough to flex her muscle.

    Let the world knows how their money is being used by the Communist China to bully her smaller neighbors!! Spread the word, ask your goverments to increase tariff for China made products to help reinforce pressure on China and let us source those things to other countries….slowly, but surely it will spread like a wild fire and people around the world will symphatize with us. Long live The Philippines, The US and all free world society!!!
    The US already raised the ante by increasing her tariff on solar panels made in China soon there will be more, (recently, a US senator launched an inquiry for fake Chinese electronic parts attached to their sensitive equipments, soon there will be more restrictions against their products). Thanks for those who realized that the US is becoming a dumping ground of China’s products, the profits of which are used to fund her military and at the same time sabotage others by denying competition via cheap costs and use their profits to claim the territories of her surrounding neighbors and to denythe sole super power of the world and her allies access in those areas China has territorial historically unproven claim.

    The US also clamped down on giving visas to the Chinses teachers to the US. The US senate also, passed the bill that will punish China as a currency manipulator making her products at low. low price in support of her military modernization.
    China may have used her economic pressure against us, but the US is also doing her share of economic pressure to them, first the solar panels, soon electronic parts and there will be more. Now, we must do our share buy products NOT made in China to show our support for what is just, and our extreme displeasure against China`s misbahavior in insisting on defying the rule of law of the community of nations and iher creeping invasion, and restrain China from being the bully of her neighbors and her citizenries…let us spread the word, NO to China made products that support their military program!!!

    • Rod


    • R

      Shirt: Honduras… Shoes: Vietnam….Pants: Philippines…Socks: Philippines ( same as Pacquiao’s).

      TV; Mexico….Car: Kansas.

      I am China-free!

  • R

    Well…an Arroyo appointed Ambassador to China. BS Aquino now sees some wisdom in GMA’s previous decisions?

    This guarantees Osmena’s Guilty vote?

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