China welcomes Brady’s appointment

Posted at 05/29/2012 12:49 PM | Updated as of 05/29/2012 12:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese government welcomed the appointment of Sonia Brady as the Philippine Ambassador to China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the  appointment of Brady should hopefully enable better communication between the two countries, which are currently at a standoff over the ownership of Scarborough Shoal.

"We welcome the Philippine government to send the ambassador to Beijing as soon as possible, and we believe it will help strengthen communications between both sides through diplomatic channels," said Liu in a press briefing, quoted by the Chinese government’s official website.

President Aquino picked Brady, described as a "career diplomat," as ambassador to Beijing, a post she also held under the previous government.

Brady used to be the Philippines ambassador to China from April 2006 to January of 2010.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Brady also became the ambassador to Thailand from 2002 to 2003; and ambassador to Myanmar from 1995 to 1999.

The Philippines has not had an ambassador to Beijing for nearly 2 years.

Several quarters asked for a high-level diplomacy solution to counter the territorial row in Scarborough Shoal.

Aquino’s earlier appointee, Domingo Lee, could not get the CA’s nod.