Sea row shouldn't affect China's, PH's APEC hosting - Palace
BALI, INDONESIA - Malacañang said the ongoing territorial row should not affect China's hosting of the APEC Summit in 2014 and finally in the Philippines in 2015.
President Aquino was rebuffed by China when it did not invite him to the China-ASEAN Expo held in Nanning last month even if the Philippines was the Expo's "country of honor" this year.
"Whatever disagreements we've had with China in the last few years, we always want to take the long view of that relationship. Every relationship between countries has its ups and downs and nobody wants a deterioration to a point where it's going to affect our own national interest," Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said.
"I think as both countries work to further their national interest then there should be some common ground for us to discuss issues and to work around them and to enhance and work on other aspects of our relationship…We've said this many times,” he said.
“The territorial dispute is one of many facets of our relationship with China…It should not be evaluated based on the tensions that we are having with them right now."