Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, said on Tuesday (July 5) that he wanted relations with Beijing to be about more than just their dispute over the South China Sea, and he emphasized the importance of multilateral engagement in dealing with problems.
Before Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Southeast Asia, Marcos told a press conference that the two countries’ relationship had more than one dimension.
By working to “resolve the difficulties that we have,” Marcos said he hoped that relations could be restored after years of maritime disputes, with space for new areas of cooperation, such as military exchanges.
As a result of an airspace violation during a combat operation, Thailand scrambled fighter jets near its border with Myanmar on Thursday and instructed its defense attache to convey a warning to the military administration, its air force said.
Air Force spokesperson Air Vice Marshal Prapat Sonjaidee said two F-16 fighter planes were dispatched when a radar detected a plane in Thai airspace near the Myanmar border late Thursday morning.
While targeting an ethnic armed group along the border, a plane from an unidentified country violated the boundary over Phop Phra district in Tak province, a statement from Prapat reads.
A junta spokesman in Myanmar could not be reached for comment right away.