Ex-Philippine leader to 'rekindle' ties with China

A longtime advocate of closer Philippine-Chinese ties, Ramos said he would be gone for four to five days to meet with old Chinese contactsEx-Philippine president Fidel Ramos left for Hong Kong on Monday to “rekindle” ties with Beijing that have soured over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Ramos, 88, whom President Rodrigo Duterte named as his envoy for talks with Beijing, stressed that he was not going as a negotiator, but that he hoped to reopen dialogue between the two countries. “I am just the icebreaker, to rekindle, to warm up again our good, friendly relations with China,” Ramos, who served as president form 1992 to 1998, said.

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