28 Aug '11, 3am

Philippines, China talk trade despite tensions

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino travels to China this week on a mission to secure billions of dollars in trade deals, with both sides looking to rebuild goodwill amid a bruising territorial row. Aquino's five-day visit starting Tuesday is held against the backdrop of increasingly strident Philippine accusations of Chinese aggression and bullying in their dispute over competing claims to parts of the South China Sea. Aquino's aides said he would raise the sensitive issue in his meetings with China's leaders, including President Hu Jintao, but his main focus would be on improving economic ties. "The visit hopes to push for more trade, investment... it will also showcase the Philippines as an attractive and profitable business destination," Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Cristina Ortega told reporters. Ortega said the two sides were planning to sign during Aq...

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