China Cancels Commerce Minister’s Visit After Yasay’s Remarks in ASEAN Meeting

A huge delegation from China led by its Commerce Minister abruptly cancelled a scheduled visit to the Philippines after Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay expressed concern over China’s actions in the South China Sea during an ASEAN meeting. The visit was supposed to culminate in the signing of contracts for 40 projects worth billions of dollars that were agreed upon during President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China. Both sides tried to downplay the incident, but the Chinese foreign ministry said that Yasay should…

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