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Madaling kausap! Duterte accepts Xi’s invitation to visit China again in 2019

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President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s invitation to visit China again next year.

The Philippines and China confirmed Duterte’s attendance to the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in a joint statement issued Wednesday (November 21).

“President Xi Jinping appreciated the warm and friendly hospitality accorded to him and his delegation by President Duterte and the Philippine government, and extended an invitation to President Duterte to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing, China in April 2019. President Duterte accepted the invitation with pleasure,” the statement read.

Duterte’s attendance to the Belt and Road forum will mark the fourth time he will visit China since his term began in 2016.

Xi invited Duterte to visit China again during their bilateral meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday (November 20).

Filipino and Chinese officials signed 29 agreements during the meeting, including a memorandum of understanding on cooperation on oil and gas development.