Duterte arrives in Beijing for Belt and Road Forum

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Beijing on Wednesday night to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation from April 25 to 27 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Duterte arrived at the Beijing International Airport at 7:40 pm amid cold, rainy weather.

This is Duterte’s fourth trip to China since he assumed the presidency in 2016.

He was received by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana.

In an interview with reporters in Beijing, Sta. Romana emphasized the importance of Duterte’s participation in the forum as part of efforts to enhance economic development.

“It’s a chance for the Philippines, for President Duterte to participate in this broad platform for economic development and regional cooperation,” Sta. Romana said.

“It’s also an opportunity for the Philippines to seek business, economic opportunities, new outlets for — markets for our exports, new sources of foreign investment,” he added. PNA