Posted: Sep 2, 2013 12:55 AM
Updated: Sep 2, 2013 12:56 AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) Philippine officials say China demanded that President Benigno Aquino III withdraw a legal complaint over disputed territories for Beijing to welcome him at an annual Chinese trade fair this week, prompting him to cancel his visit.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said Monday that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and two other Chinese diplomats relayed conditions for Aquino to attend the China-ASEAN Expo. Hernandez declined to detail the conditions in a news conference but said these were "absolutely inimical to our national interest."
Two Philippine officials told The Associated Press that China wanted the Philippines to withdraw a U.N. arbitration case over disputed islands. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.
Chinese officials did not comment immediately.