Chinese Foreign Minister to visit PH for joint exploration talks

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Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, and Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is coming to the Philippines on October 28 to 29 to discuss joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

The visit was initially scheduled for September 16 to 18, but was postponed because of Typhoon Ompong.

Then Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano – who resigned to run for Congress – invited Wang to the country.  Wang said he looked forward to having a "close personal friendship" with newly-appointed DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin.

"The two sides are also expected to continue discussions on oil and gas cooperation, with the view of coming up with a framework of cooperation that conforms to respective rules and regulations and international laws," the DFA said in a statement in September.

The DFA said Wang would also discuss infrastructure projects under the government's  "Build, Build, Build" program.

Wang's trip precedes that of Chinese President's Xi Jinping who will visit the Philippines in November.

Cayetano earlier said the government wanted to have the framework agreement signed this year as both countries agreed to set aside their maritime dispute over the area where they want to joint development projects.