Preparations underway for DuterteXi meeting in Manila

MANILAPreparations for the firstever state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Philippines next month are underway.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua made this remark in his courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte at MalacaAang Palace last Monday.

China would work with the Philippine team to make comprehensive preparations and planning for the upcoming highlevel exchanges between the countries, Zhao said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the Philippine team has also assured full preparations to ensure a safe, smooth and completely successful visit.

Zhao conveyed Xi's cordial greetings and best wishes to Duterte and briefed him on the latest developments and future plans on ChinaPhilippines relations and practical cooperation.

Duterte, on the other hand, has also extended his warm greetings to Xi, whom he invited to come to the Philippines when he visited Beijing in October 2016.

President Duterte underlined that he and the Philippine people look forward in real earnest to the firstever state visit to the Philippines by President Xi, which would surely be remembered as another milestone in PhilippinesChina relations, the Chinese envoy said.

Aside from Xi's visit, Zhao said he had an indepth exchange of views with Duterte and some of his Cabinet officials on ChinaPhilippines relations.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and other Secretaries, Carlos Dominguez III of finance, Delfin Lorenzana of defense, Arthur Tugade of transportation, and Alfonso Cusi of energy attended Zhao's meeting with the President, along with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Bases Conversion Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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