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China looking to help PH improve internet speed

China is eyeing to help the Philippines to improve its internet speed to boost connectivity among Filipinos, its ambassador Huang Xilian said.

According to report on "24 Oras" by JP Soriano, the Philippines and China are discussing four major areas of cooperation namely agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and people to people ties.

“We should work even more in new infrastructure area, like in telecommunication, AI (artificial intelligence) and all these kind of information technology,” Huang said.

The Chinese ambassador also met with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Secretary Ivan Uy to discuss cooperation on ICT.

Uy earlier said he would prioritize providing internet connectivity, especially to communities living in far flung areas.

Huang said the maritime dispute between the Philippines and China should be discussed in a proper and peaceful dialogue.

“We have different positions.. so the best way is diplomatic dialogue and communication. And we believe, we are both neighbors we can do that. Second is we place our differences in a proper place in the overall bilateral relations,” he said.

China earlier maintained its opposition to the 2016 ruling by an arbitral tribunal that rejected its sweeping claims to the South China Sea.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said that the ruling was final and could no longer be denied by anyone.—Richa Noriega/LDF, GMA News