President Duterte is now in Beijing for his eighth bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and make good his promise to negotiate for a mutually beneficial deal on the West Philippine Sea.
Duterte’s August 28 to September 1 stay in China, his fifth visit there as Chief Executive will also take him to Guangzhou—the site of the 2019 FIBA World Cup—to cheer for Gilas Pilipinas when the team plays Italy on August 31.
According to Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Meynardo Montealegre, Duterte, who left Manila at 7 p.m. and arrived around 11:10 p.m. in Beijing, will discuss with Xi some measures that will accelerate the pace of cooperation between the two countries in terms of concrete projects, as well as on issues of mutual interests.
These will include the Code of Conduct and joint explorations in the contested territory in the West Philippine Sea, where President Duterte would push for no less than a 60-percent revenue share, as he announced earlier. Duterte also vowed to raise the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling on the sea dispute favoring the Philippines.
Duterte and Xi will witness the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation documents and memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the areas of education, science and technology, and economic and social development.
He is also scheduled to discuss with Premier Li Keqiang economic matters and ASEAN-China cooperation on Friday.
Before leaving Beijing, Duterte will attend a business forum arranged by the Department of Trade and Industry.
He will then travel to Guangzhou for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
In Guangdong, the President will also meet with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation, increase trade and investment, and deepen the friendship between the people of Guangdong and the Philippines.
The members of the government’s economic and security clusters are with President Duterte in the trip.