By: Elena Grace Flores
Former Philippine president Fidel V. Ramos as we all know invited China to have “formal discussions” after Beijing lost in a case filed by Manila over the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea – and China open its doors for talks for as long as the Philippine envoy will go to them for the discussion.
Ramos started some informal talks in Hong Kong with former Chinese ambassador to Manila Fu Ying and Professor Wu Shicun, president of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies.
“China has welcomed former President Ramos to come to Beijing as special envoy of Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte.” Ramos, Fu, and Wu also confirmed thay they held discussions from Wednesday to Thursday “in a friendly atmosphere.” Their talks revolved around universal brotherhood and sisterhood for peace and cooperation.”
“They expressed the hope to find common ground for mutual benefit, especially for the poverty-stricken sectors of their societies,” their statement said.
The following are possible agenda for cooperation:
encouraging marine preservation
avoiding tension and promoting fishing cooperation
anti-drug and anti-smuggling cooperation
anti-crime and anti-corruption cooperation
improving tourism opportunities
encouraging trade and investment facilitation
encouraging track II (think tank) exchanges on relevant issues of mutual concern and interest
Ramos, Wu, and Fu “agreed that building trust is very important to the long-term beneficial relationship between the Philippines and China.” They also said they “value the long history of friendship” between the two countries. So will FVR bring home a friendly solution of China’s fury?