China invites PH to annual international trade fair amid tensions


Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese government has asked the Philippines to send a high-level delegation to its annual international trade fair in southern China but the Philippine government has not confirmed if President Benigno Aquino III would lead the Filipino contingent, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.

“There is no official announcement yet if he will attend,” said Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson, on Wednesday.

Hernandez made the clarification following a report saying the President had indeed decided to head the Philippine delegation to the China-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Expo set in September in Nanning, capital of southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“The invitation to the Philippines was to send high-level officials. It was not directed to the President,” Hernandez said in a brief interview on Wednesday.

He said there has been no confirmation that Philippine and Chinese officials would hold bilateral talks on the side, a rare and highly anticipated meeting amid tensions due to disputes over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Philippines has haled China to the United Nations arbitral tribunal in hopes of invalidating the Chinese nine-dash line, which the DFA believes is an “excessive” declaration of maritime territory. The legal action also aims to stop Chinese incursions into the established Philippine exclusive economic zone, currently continuing with sea patrols and fishery trips to the country’s claimed shoals.

Traditionally, Asean member countries would send their respective prime ministers or premieres to the trade fair, the DFA said. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is expected to lead the event, according to the DFA.

This year, the Philippines is the country of honor in the international trade fair, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of China-Asean ties. The trade expo, which brings together exhibitors from around China and Asean member states, seeks to strengthen economic ties within the region.

The Philippine Embassy in Beijing earlier said trade between China and the Asean has been on the uptrend, registering a 10-fold growth in the last decade from $50 billion (P2.2 trillion) to $500 billion (P22 trillion).

In 2012, Aquino sent Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, then still Vice President, on the sides of the 9th Nanning expo. The two leaders were known to have taken “divergent” positions during the meeting.

Manila and Beijing have been engaged in tense exchanges over the territorial dispute in recent months, in particular in a closed door meeting during the Asean ministerial meetings in Brunei in June.

Del Rosario earlier invited Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit Manila and sit down for talks. He has yet to respond to the invitation but made a swing through Southeast Asia earlier this month, visiting Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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  • jorgii0550

    Let communist friendly politicians like Duterte and Trillanes to head the delegation to China……once they are there don’t allow them to come back.

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  • wvillaro822

    Hihiyain lang kayo ng mga comunintang chineese pag naruon na kayo. Stop this non-sense international trade- Japan is watching how Pilipino react and think.

  • PurpleDaisy13

    Trade with uncivilized Barbaric animals that shoot unarmed civilians and laugh is a dangerous invitation:

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    • Tommy


      Ignore the troll.

      Unless it’s to insult it.

      • PurpleDaisy13


        Tommy-the-Dummy encourages “Ignorance”. Hence, his nickname…Tommy-the-Dummy.


    • warillaman

      idiot daisy, he,he,he, like uncivilized barbaric retard chinks of yours who masscred hundreds of protesters in tien an mein square just for expressing their freedom?? compared to an old man killed by a stray bullet on a boat that was caught poaching and stealing in my waters??? he,he,he,he, idiot daisy, he,he,he, the idiot who does not know where spain is, he,he,he,he,

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “compared to an old man killed by a stray bullet on a boat”

        warillaman, conflicts between chinamen is an internal issue just like conflicts between filipinos in southern Philippines.

        However, conflicts between nations is the concern here. Your PCG shot unarmed Taiwanese civilians without proof of poaching or stealing while laughing after pulling the trigger.

        Big difference warillaman, you’re an uncivilized barbaric lumpia who enjoy shooting and laughing at unarmed and innocent civilians of another country.

        “nakakahiya….tarantado at hayop ka”


      • warillaman

        idiot daisy, it is not a question of conflict, it is about killing in whatever grounds, your old man was killed by a stray bullet irrigardless of what they are doing, smiling, crying, playing, but the fact is they where inside my waters, and there is proof of it, don’t let your idiot brain be distorted that is already dumb he,he,he, mas nakakahiya ka idiot daisy nagmamarunong ka wala ka naman utak ni hindi mo alam kung nasaan ang spain, at ang pinas ay sakop ng portugal??? he,he,he,he,he, may utak nga, biya nga lang, he,he,he,he,

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “your old man was killed by a stray bullet irrigardless of what they are doing, smiling, crying, playing”

        Your stupid lumpia boys are now facing Homicide charges for killing an unarmed Taiwanese civilian. Is that the defense your dumb Filipino PCG barbarians are going to use in court?

        “your honor, the old man was killed by a stray bullet irrigardless of what we were doing, smiling, crying, playing”

        warillaman, a dumb a$$ Filipino “bo bo”. You and your dumb PCG barbarians are SCREWED just like you are screwed in your head warillaman.


        re: “the fact is they where inside my waters, and there is proof of it”

        You mean the unarmed Taiwanese civilians no longer had FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION as their right provided by the Laws of the Sea warillaman? Wrong

        Everyone has FREEDOM of NAVIGATION inside any Coastal State’s EEZ stupid. If you don’t know UNCLOS rules, then sit down you stupid Lumpia-Balot-eating Barbarian.


      • warillaman

        he,he,he, ikaw ang bobo at tanga, everyone has the right of navigation in the high seas idiot, but to poach and steal in territorial waters of any country should be killed and turtured and let go, he,he, like you dumb idiot chink, katanga mo, gungung, and even inside my waters you chinks has no right to navigate inside, do that in any country, and you will be straff and killed and chop to pieces, do it now in palau, gonggong, just try to navigate there, or indonesian waters try to navigate there, gaano kakitid yang utak mo retard chink???
        and about my coastguard it is most sacrifice to prosecute them in exchange for not bullying my OFW’s who has nothing to do with the incident, you use my workers harrassing them in your chinks country, uncivilized and uneducated, barbaric, slaves of king, kang, kong, emperors, poison eating, singhotero of polluted air of chinksland he,he,he,he, bopol na mongoloid

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “everyone has the right of navigation in the high seas”

        Then why did you say that you had proof of the unarmed Taiwanese civilians being inside Philippine’s EEZ as if it is illegal?

        “but the fact is they where inside my waters, and there is proof of it, – warillaman

        “ang tanga-tanga mo pa la”

        re: “but to poach and steal in territorial waters of any country should be killed and turtured”

        Where’s your proof that the unarmed Taiwanese civilians poached and stole fish warillaman?

        If you fail to answer this question with solid evidence, then we all shall be convinced on how stupid and “bo bo” you are warillaman.


      • warillaman

        mahirap makipagusap sa utak biya na mongoloid, he,he,he, kausapin mo na lang NBI, at kamay ko, if you want proof of your idiot mongoloids poaching and stealing in my waters that your idiot old man was killed because of your idiot captain of your idiot boat, that is why PCG are laughing because of your dumb idiocy, if you want proof talk to investigating teams, utak biyang mongoloid he,he,he,he,

  • judefawley

    No Philippine high level officials should go at the moment.

  • gill

    Kung ano ang puno, siya ang bunga.

    China has $5000 billion to invest in next 5 years.
    PH has to be very happy about the invitation.
    Aquino should play bloody card now:

    1. build up the biggest Chinese business delegation ever in PH history;
    2. include world math champions of Chinese kids, aka Filipino super computer;
    3. call all Chinese relatives in China to prepare for a welcome event;
    4. secure a meeting with Li keqiang for a mandarin only talk.

    China always greets PH delegation with highest possible leadership in China.
    the chance is very good for PH to meet Chinese new leadership now.

    • warillaman

      he,he,he,he, idiot retard chink, he,he,he,

  • PinoyNYC10128

    This is just my suggestion to all who will attend the trade fair sponsored by China…TO ALL THE ATTENDEES …. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR HAZ MATs on … GOGGLES TO PROTECT your eyes and FACE MASK to protect yourselves of the air you breathe …. Bring your own personal bottle of water just in case ….SOUNDS FAIR ENOUGH?

    and AMID the tension, pop a couple of valiums to relax you from all the anxiety that entails the viewing of the exhibitions …

    And make sure when you transact your business with them, clarify if the product is free from intellectual property issues …. no copyright infringement issues …. etc..etc..

    • gill

      you never have been in China, have you ?
      you may know China town in your country, but that is not China, do you understand ?

      • PinoyNYC10128

        Do I need to show you my passport? …. even down in Canal Street here in NYC where Chinatown is located …. the whole place stinks like sh*t …. OK …. I take Subway #6 and we know we are near Chinatown because it stinks ….!

    • warillaman

      I wonder how many will risk and brave enough to attend that polluted place, eat those poison food laced with chemicals, or contracted a deadly virus, it is like trading with a leper, he,he,he,

  • blue_lights

    They want to see what new products and ideas they can steal/copy and sell for cheaper using slave labor.

    • gill

      blue light is better than red light;
      red light is better than no light.

    • warillaman

      That is how good this chinks are, steal anything thru internet, or send them abroad to steal anything for their dear commie masters, even the cancer research file in the US has been stolen by this chinks, never trust a commie chink…

  • Marcial Abila

    Mag volunteer kna trillanes bka sakali may maibulsa ka hehehe …….duon.our economy rely on internal trade and ofw and bpo.export not the main fuel of our economy.china export to us is greater than what we export to them. So they are vulnerable to external factors.their solar cell panel export hard hit many stock but no order from eU country. Their lending/creditor sector was hard hit by cannot pay manufacturer and jobless is on the rise…..just send low level official on this trade expo.

  • Hellomr

    We should ignor that invitation from Chinese shit…..instead tell them to stop intruding
    To our territory….

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