Xi, Duterte discuss PHL’s participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and visiting People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping have discussed the Philippines participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

President Duterte said during the joint press briefing with Xi that they discussed Philippines’ participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

“The two sides will seek greater complementarity between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Philippines’ development strategy move forward cooperation around the three pillars of security, development, and people-to-people ties and then make our cooperation more comprehensive and balanced,” Xi said.

“I have extended a sincere invitation to President Duterte to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which China will host next year to discuss China-Philippines cooperation,” Xi added.

Duterte also said that they “discussed mutual concerns on defense, security, maritime cooperation, law enforcement, transnational crime, as well as strengthening our partnership in combatting the trafficking of illegal drugs.”

“We touched on cooperation in enhancing two-way tourism, agriculture, education, science and technology, and cultural exchanges,” Duterte added.