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China, DFA welcome appointment of Basilio as new PH envoy to China

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MANILA, Philippines – China on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of Erlinda Basilio as the Philippines’ new envoy to China, saying that its country hoped that the new ambassador would contribute to the development of the two countries’ bilateral relations.

“We attach importance to our relations with the Philippines. It is our hope that the early appointment of the new ambassador may facilitate the communication between both sides and the development of our bilateral relations,” Zhang Hua, spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Manila, said in a statement.

The 68-year old seasoned diplomat, who had helped draft national diplomatic policy in her stint as foreign department undersecretary, was named to the post by President Benigno Aquino III. She would take over the post left vacant at the height of tensions involving territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Basilio would be replacing Sonia Brady, who had to leave her post and return to Manila after she suffered a stroke in August.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also backed Basilio’s appointment, saying that it was confident that Basilio could carry out her task of enhancing the relationship between the Philippines and China.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario noted that the department was endeavoring to significantly enhance the country’s bilateral relations with China, adding that they were counting on Basilio to “play a major role in achieving our defined objectives.”

“Our nominee is a seasoned senior diplomat who brings with her experience and expertise in dealing with all current matters pertaining to our relations with China. She moreover enjoys the confidence of the President,” Del Rosario said in a statement.

“We are relying on her to enhance the bilateral relations between the Philippines and our very important neighbor and friend, China,” DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said in a statement.

China claims most of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), including waters close to the shores of its neighbors. These areas include major sea lanes and are believed to hold vast mineral and oil resources.

China’s claim is contested by the Philippines as well as Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, which have overlapping claims to some or all of those same areas.

Hernandez had earlier said that Basilio would be representing the Philippines in four-way talks in Manila next week, where representatives from other claimant countries—Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam agreed to come to Manila on Dec. 12 to discuss their territorial disputes with China.


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  • PCD_2012

    68 years old?  Oh my G, could our government spare our grand mothers for gruesome ordeals like this!

     

  • opinyonlangpo

    If China welcome the appointment of the new Philippine envoy, that just mean that they are after a peaceful settlement of the dispute. That is a very good sign.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    I have a good feeling Basilio will foster renewed relations with our CHinese neighbors. THey know from the looks of her she will be a good friend.  But with backstabbing ugali like Del Rosario and his foul mouth Yours is yours and MIne is mine, will lead to nowhere in CHINA RP RELATIONS.

    • truth_will_set_us_free

      “THey know from the looks of her she will be a good friend. ” YOUR COMMENT WAS DECEIVING, GRAMMATICALLY WRONG, MALICIOUS AND VICIOUS.  PERIOD. LOL.

    • truth_will_set_us_free

      YOU’RE SO FILTHY. YOU’RE LIKE A PIG. PERIOD. LOL

      • DakuAkongUtin

        You re a badbreath breathing brown monkey  with a  rotten rat smelling azz. HEhehheheeheeeeeee

  • THELITTLEGIRL

    With due respect to Mrs Basilio, and looking at the picture above, she looks like Sisa to me. I was expecting to see a boy like Crispin. Sino kaya ang padre Damaso dito? hihihi.

  • dprotector

    A stressful job for Mrs. Basilio. Good luck to her and may God give her wisdom in dealing with communist China’s leaders.

  • dragonian

    good luck ma’am……..and remember..

    LESS TALK, LESS MISTAKE……

    just enjoy the Great Wall and great chinese foods, especially the Peking Ducks….

    need recommendations?….

  • DakuAkongUtin

    I see good relations coming back to roost in China RP Relations. Tanggaling lang yan si Del Rosary of Mine is all Mine . This is a good move by Pnoy.



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