BEIJING China stated on Friday it was in contact with the Philippines about the doable pay a visit to of a Chinese naval ship to the state.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stated on Thursday he had invited China to ship a battleship to pay a visit to.
His overtures toward a state long regarded by Manila as a maritime aggressor have marked an astonishing overseas policy shake-up, and Duterte produced a landmark pay a visit to to fulfill Chinese President Xi Jinping past year.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated that armed forces exchanges concerning the two nations around the world ended up an essential aspect of their relations.
“Following the improvement in bilateral relations, China is ready to ready to bolster exchanges and cooperation with the Philippines in the pertinent region,” Hua told a everyday information briefing, when requested if the Chinese navy would pay a visit to.
“As for a Chinese naval ship checking out the Philippines, in accordance to what I comprehend the pertinent sides in equally nations around the world are at this time in conversation about this,” she added, with no elaborating.
Duterte’s remarks came amid problem in the Philippines that China would make numerous environmental monitoring stations in disputed waters, which includes on the Scarborough Shoal 124 miles off the Philippine coastline.
China has dismissed that as “not legitimate”.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Modifying by Kim Coghill)