China expresses concern for President Xi's security during APEC
Really, we don't know what they're so nervous about. They have warships in the West Philippine Sea, don't they?
(SPOT.ph) Chinese authorities expressed concern for the security of President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting to be held in Manila from November 18 to 19. Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez met with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on November 11 to discuss and address the latter’s concerns.
According to a report by 24 Oras, the apprehensions were raised by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a statement on November 10 and were reiterated by the Chinese Ambassador on November 11. After his meeting with Zhao, Marquez said in a briefing that the Chinese Ambassador raised concerns about rallies directed to the Chinese during the APEC meet. “We have informed them that we have put in place provisions for those concerns and in our meeting this morning with our Chinese counterparts, we assured them that we are confident that their concerns have been properly addressed,” Marquez said.
The PNP Chief said demonstrators wouldn’t be allowed near embassies, APEC delegates, or APEC venues. "Lahat ng bisita natin, kahit saan silang bansa nanggaling, we will provide them [the] security [that] they need," said Interior Sec. Mel Senen Sarmiento. The government showed the media on November 11 its multi-agency command center in Pasay City which will have real-time video monitoring of the APEC venues and the routes that will be used by the delegates. On November 14, 2 a.m., the government will start simulating security measures. APEC delegates are expected to arrive in Manila starting Novermber 16.
China formally announced on November 9 that Xi will attend the APEC summit in Manila. On November 10, Wang met with Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert del Rosario in Manila, and both parties agreed that China and the Philippines would not raise the issue of the ongoing dispute over the West Philippine Sea during the APEC summit.
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