Palace: Xi’s November visit to PH to boost bilateral ties
By Prince Golez
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the Philippines this November to reinforce the bilateral relations between the Philippines and China, Malacanang announced.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Tuesday said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang Monday and expressed concern about a military exercise by the United States in the country at the time of Xi’s visit.
Duterte assured Zhao that the Philippines won’t participate in said military drill, said Roque.
He also said both leaders agreed on the joint exploration in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying it would serve each others’ interests.
“China reiterated that they do not desire any military confrontation as a result of the WPS either with any of the claimant states or with any other powers because China is the biggest user of WPS. Any military confrontation in WPS will have dire consequences as far as Chinese commerce is concerned,” the official added.
Roque said Zhao also affirmed financial assistance from China “in connection with a page-long list of projects.”