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Nagpapapogi! Duterte tells Chinese Communist Party officials: PH-China bond ‘improving everyday’

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President Rodrigo Duterte boasted about improving ties between the Philippines and China when he met with a ranking member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Malacañang Tuesday (January 9).

According to a press release from the Palace, Duterte reiterated “our desire and wish of the Filipino people that we make our bond stronger” during his meeting with CPC Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng.

The President said the relationship between the Philippines and China is “improving everyday.”

Other CPC members who were present during the meeting were Yuan Zhibing, Director General of Bureau One International Department of the CPC; Lin Zhi, Division Chief, Personnel Bureau, CPC; and Du Dingding, Division Chief, Bureau One International Department of the CPC.

People’s Republic of China to the Philippines Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, and Embassy of China Counsellor Sun Yi were also present during the meeting.

Duterte said the CPC members visited the Philippines upon the invitation of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), his political party.

Among the Philippine officials present at Duterte’s meeting with CPC officials were Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.