RUSSKIY, Vladivostok, Russia—President Benigno Aquino III will have four bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders Summitt from September 8 to 9 in this former Russina naval fortress but none of them will be with China’s head of state.
This was revealed by Assistant Foreign Secretary Cecile Rebong in a message to reporters covering the Apec summit.
As of Thursday morning, Rebong confirmed that Mr. Aquino has scheduled meetings on Saturday with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (9:20 to 9:45 a.m. local) and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique (10:15-10:40 a.m. local). He is scheduled to meet on Sunday with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak (9:40-10:05 a.m. local) and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (10:15-10:40 a.m.).
Rebong did not explain why no meeting between Mr Aquino and Chinese President Hu Jintao had been arranged so far since, as Foreign Undersecretary Laura Q. del Rosario said Thursday, both sides had made a “mutual request” for such a meeting.
Hu arrived on Russkiy Island at 11 p.m. Thursday while President Aquino was expected to arrive at 9 p.m. Friday with a 66-member delegation consisting mostly of businessmen.
Cabinet members joining the President in Apec meetings are Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, incoming Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, and Energy Secretary Rene Almendras.