MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday met with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's upcoming visit to China.
According to Beijing's Embassy in Manila, the diplomats have agreed to "work together to ensure the visit a complete success."
The meeting comes after Locsin on Tuesday banned Chinese survey ships in Philippine waters but later backtracked as the country cannot ban marine surveys under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
“This then is the new rule: if we grant permission to one legitimate say US concern we will grant to France, China, Japan, any non-haosiao survey," he said.
Locsin made the statement after two Chinese survey ships were seen operating in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
The President earlier said he will finally raise Manila’s 2016 arbitral victory, which invalidated Beijing’s sweeping maritime claims, to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his fifth visit, set this month.
No specific date has been set for the meeting as of yet but Malacañang said is likely to happen before the end of August.
Zhao earlier said China "will not take the first shot" as it seeks to resolve disputes with fellow claimants in the South China Sea.