Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines)

MANILA – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit the Philippines on July 5 and 6, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique A. Manalo.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Wang will be the first foreign counterpart to be received by Manalo after assuming office on July 1.

Wang and Manalo are set to have a bilateral meeting where they will discuss a wide range of issues, focusing on maintaining and building on the positive trend of relations between the Philippines and China, it added.

In a separate statement, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Wang’s official visit six days after President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. assumed office, fully reflects “how China attaches importance to our countries’ bilateral relations.”

“During the visit, State Councilor Wang Yi will pay courtesy calls on the new leadership and hold talks with new DFA Secretary Manalo, delving extensively into Philippine-China relations, practical cooperation, and regional and international issues,” it read.

Wang visited Manila on Jan. 15-16, 2021 for an official visit upon the invitation of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. (PNA)