Philippines' Marcos meets China's Xi amid territorial dispute

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has kicked off a three-day visit to China with the aim of improving bilateral ties. Marcos met with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.

It is his first official visit to the country since taking office last year.

Tensions over the South China Sea have caused friction between the two countries. China claims much of the area. But an international arbitration tribunal in 2016 completely rejected that, a ruling Marcos supports.

The Philippine foreign ministry said he may also suggest restarting talks on joint oil and natural gas exploration in the sea.
The president is also looking to create a direct channel for dialogue for times when military tensions arise.