THE PHILIPPINES should consider sending a special envoy to China to discuss with ranking Chinese diplomats ways to ease tensions between the two nations over their sea dispute, a congressman said Sunday.

The diplomatic mission should also seek to stop the Chinese Coast Guard’s aggressive maneuvers against Filipino vessels in the waterway, Bukidnon Rep. Jonathan Keith T. Flores said in a statement.

“To defuse the diplomatic and military tensions with China, I suggest sending a special envoy to talk with ministers and officials of China’s Foreign [Ministry], the military and the coast guard,” he added. — Kenneth Christiane L. Basilio