October 12, 2016 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China from Oct 18 to 21 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, China’s Foreign Ministry said today.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Mr Duterte would meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on his trip and have a “deep exchange of views” on how to improve ties, cooperation and regional issues.
“China looks forward to increasing mutual trust between the two countries, deepening practical cooperation and continuing the tradition of friendship via the visit of President Duterte,” Mr Geng told a daily news briefing.
The two should appropriately handle disputes through talks and promote a strategic, cooperative relationship that is dedicated to peace and development, he added.
“The Philippines is a traditionally friendly neighbour of China. The two peoples have a long history of friendship.”
Elected in June, Mr Duterte’s deadly war of drugs and support for extrajudicial killings have drawn the ire of the US, a former colonial power and traditionally one of the Philippines’ staunchest supporters.
Mr Duterte has responded to that criticism by telling US President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and saying he wants to distance the Philippines’ dependence on the country.