Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, is beginning a three-leg visit to East Asia starting in Manila. The trip will also involve meetings in Japan and China with the intention to discuss security, trade and investment issues.
In a statement Hammond said:
“It is a pleasure to be in the Philippines on my first official visit to the country as Foreign Secretary in the same year that we mark 70 years of diplomatic relations.
The British government is committed to strengthening our partnership even further and working together to tackle issues of regional and global concern as strong supporters of a rules-based international order”.