Aquino, Vietnamese leader may discuss sea row with China

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III will likely discuss with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung the territorial dispute with China when the latter visits the country this coming week.

"With the President of Vietnam, it will be probable given that 'yon po 'yung current issue din sa bansa nila," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan when asked if the President will discuss with his Vietnamese counterpart their respective territorial row with China.

The Vietnamese leader will join Aquino and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Myanmar Vice-President U Nyan Tun in the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia to be held in the country on May 21-23.

The Philippines and Vietnam are both currently embroiled in a tensed territorial row with China over the groups of islands, atolls and shoals believed to be rich in oil and mineral resources at West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Meanwhile, Valte assured that preparations have been ongoing for the smooth and orderly hosting of the Philippines of WEF on East Asia next week.

Among the preparations being done is ensuring fast and normal flow of air traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as leaders and guests arrive, she said.

“There are arrangements that are being made. If you've travelled through the Terminal 1, rehabilitation works are ongoing and will continue to make sure that we can handle the volume, the traffic—the increase in traffic that will be—we will be expecting,” Valte said of the measures being done at the airport.

For the NAIA Terminal 1 security, the Palace official said security preparations are also in place and the Philippine National Police started heightened actions to make sure that participants arriving in the country remain safe.

The over 600 participants of the forum will deliberate on the opportunities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Economic Community to promote greater inclusion across the region. (SDR/Sunnex)

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