Duterte to talk with Xi about China-PH issues

August 20, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will be in China from August 28 to September 2, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday.

Panelo announced the dates during his regular press briefing in Malacañang.

It will be Duterte’s fifth trip to China since assuming office in 2016.

Early this month, Duterte said that he would insist on the Philippines’ sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the visit.

Duterte said he would press Chinese leaders on a Code of Conduct among countries that have claims in the disputed waters, something that he said China could be delaying.

The President also said he would raise the planned joint exploration of natural resources in the disputed waters and the June 9 incident involving Filipino and Chinese vessels in Recto Bank.

Duterte said he would also watch a game of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team in the FIBA World Cup and inaugurate a school building which was constructed in honor of his mother Soledad.