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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing

At the invitation of Chinese President xi jinping,Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, today (18) to 21 on a state visit to China. 19 points at 8 o ‘clock in the evening, Du Teer plane has arrived in Beijing capital international airport. China is Rodrigo Duterte since taking office, in addition to the asean countries, the first to visit the country. Staff such as the Philippines foreign ministry and ministry of finance, the ministry of agriculture ministers, as well as hundreds of business people and large delegation from the media. China’s foreign minister, wang went to the airport to meet in person.

Before Rodrigo Duterte said in an interview with the media, the trip will be one of the decisive moment of his presidency, looking forward to this visit will help rebuild the friendship between the two countries, and hope and China in the fight against drug crimes, infrastructure construction, tourism, agriculture and other fields to cooperate.

Duterte starts a four-day state visit to China on Tuesday at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

The visit will help him better understand China, Duterte told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

He spoke highly of the Chinese government and people, saying that China boasts hard-working people and “good, sound policies, internal and external.”

“I would say that China deserves the kind of respect that China now enjoys,” he added.

Duterte also lauded China’s commitment to and generosity of helping others as a major player of the international community, adding that besides its own development, China has never forgotten those underdeveloped nations, as illustrated by its devotion to helping African and Southeast Asian countries to promote development.

Speaking of the two countries’ economic and trade cooperation, Duterte said that since his country is abundant in tourism, mineral and agricultural resources, and China boasts a huge lucrative market, the two neighbors enjoy high complementarity and considerable potential for further cooperation.

The Philippine leader said his country needs to retain its friendly relationship with China and learn from the latter’s success in economics and trade, especially in times of global financial crisis.

In terms of the South China Sea issue, Duterte said he prefers negotiation to confrontation.

“There is no sense in going to war. There is no sense fighting over a body of water,” Duterte said. “It is better to talk than war. We want to talk about friendship, we want to talk about cooperation, and most of all, we want to talk about business. War would lead us to nowhere.”

Duterte also made clear his opposition against some specific outsiders’ attempts to meddle in the South China Sea issue.

“We are not interested in allowing other country to talk. I just want to talk to China,” he said, adding he is willing to pursue joint development of the waters together with China.

The top Philippine leader also extended his gratitude to China, which, in stark contrast to some Western countries, has extended support for Philippine efforts against illegal drugs, as proved by the funding of a rehabilitation center which is about to open.

“Some other countries know we are short of money, (but) instead of helping us, all they had to do was just to criticize. China never criticizes. They help us quietly. and I said that’s why it’s part of the sincerity of the people,” Duterte noted.

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