China, PHL officials discuss upcoming visit of President Duterte to China

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Chinese Ambassador to Philippines Zhao Jianhua met with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to discuss the upcoming visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to China this month.

“Both sides exchange views on preparations of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s upcoming visit to China and agree to work together to ensure the visit a complete success,” the Chinese Embassy said.

President Duterte, during the mass oath taking of the newly elected officers of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), said that one he will be raising the arbitral ruling on West Philippine Sea when he visits China.

“‘Yung arbitral ruling pagusapan natin ‘yan. That’s why I’m going to China. I’m not going to tell you the agenda. I’m going to China to talk. Did I not tell you before that before my term ends we will be talking about China Sea? Sinabi ko sa inyo ‘yan,” President Duterte said.

“I’m going there because there are now some ano, ‘yung mga sparkles na which need to be addressed immediately. Ayaw ko ng away pati… May basketball (FIBA World Cup) doon ngayon eh,” he added.