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President Duterte arrives in China after successful Brunei visit

PH President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after arriving in Beijing Photo  © South China Morning Post
PH President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after arriving in Beijing Photo © South China Morning Post

BEIJING, China — Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived here on Tuesday for another state visit following his successful call at Brunei Darussalam.

Pres. Duterte accompanied by his 13-people strong delegation arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 8:05 p.m. China is the fifth country that the president have visited since he assumed the presidency in June.

Pres. Duterte and his delegation just came from a successful three-day state visit in Brunei Darussalam wherein both countries have agreed to strengthen and improve ties in wide ranging areas which include trade and investment, maritime and security cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, tourism, energy sector, and promoting peace and stability in Mindanao. The two nations likewise agreed to explore new areas in the halal industries.

Upon his arrival in China, President Duterte was welcomed by Chinese and Philippine officials led by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Chargé d’Affaires of the Philippine Embassy Elizabeth Te.

The President will kick off his busy schedule in China by meeting the Filipino community at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Pres. Duterte is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.
It is expected to be followed by the signing of a number of memoranda of understanding and agreement on various fields of cooperation between the two countries.

The President is also set to meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss the enhancement of economic cooperation. He is also scheduled to attend in the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum for a keynote speech.

After the forum, President Duterte is expected to meet with National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang.

His third day here will be capped off by a state banquet to be hosted by President Xi at the Golden Hall of the Great Hall of the People in honor of the visiting head of state.

On the last day of his visit, President Duterte will meet with the officials of Bank of China.

The President’s official delegation in China include Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, National Economic and Development Authority Director General Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco.

The Philippines and China celebrated 41 years of formal bilateral relations in June this year.

Rodolfo Andal
Aside for writing for Beyond Deadlines, Rodolfo "Rudy" Andal is also a senior reporter of Pilipino Star Ngayon covering the Malacanang beat, a prized assignment for Philippine based reporters. He started working as journalist in 1989 and is a news stringer of Associated Press and Asahi Shimbun, two of the most prestigious wire services in the world.

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