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China's top diplomat makes rare Manila visit amid feud of South China Sea

  • Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi, right, is greeted by Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario upon arrival at the Department of Foreign Affairs Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. It was Wang's first visit to the country amid the two countries' row over the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi, right, is greeted by Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario upon arrival at the Department of Foreign Affairs Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. It was Wang's first visit to the country amid the two countries' row over the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi, center, waves to the media as he leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs following his talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. It was Wang's first visit to the country amid the two countries' row over the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi, center, waves to the media as he leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs following his talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. It was Wang's first visit to the country amid the two countries' row over the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi waves to the media as he leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs following his talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. It was Wang's first visit to the country amid the two countries' row over the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi waves to the media as he leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs following his talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. It was Wang's first visit to the country amid the two countries' row over the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

China's top diplomat Wang Yi has met with President Benigno Aquino III and his Philippine counterpart ahead of Pacific Rim leaders' summit next week, the first visit to Manila by a top Chinese official in recent years amid territorial disputes over the South China Sea. Wang met for about an hour Tuesday with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. He ignored questions shouted at him by journalists as he stepped out of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Del Rosario said the meeting was "good" but hurried to the presidential palace, where Wang met Aquino. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday that the two sides will prepare for President Xi Jingping's visit for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit and discuss how to improve bilateral ties.