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LOOK: Duterte meets with China’s Communist Party officials in Malacañang

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte received a courtesy call from Chongqing party chief Chen Min’er and other members of Communist Party of China (CPC) in Malacañang Monday.

Duterte welcomed Chen and the CPC members in a tête-à-tête at the Palace’s Music Room.

Malacañang did not give other details about the meeting.

Chen, a protege of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was accompanied by Ambassador of China to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, Vice Minister of the International Department-CPC Central Committee Guo Yezhou, Executive Vice Mayor of Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, and Secretary General of CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee Wang Fu.

A rising star in Chinese politics, Chen became the Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing two years ago and sits on the 25-member Politburo, China’s top decision-making body. He also served as the head of the provincial department of propaganda and vice governor of Zhejiang province and became Guizhou’s governor in 2013 before his promotion as provincial communist party secretary.

The Filipino officials present were Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) President Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, Department of Energy Secretary and PDP-Laban Vice Chairman Alfonso Cusi, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Secretary and PDP-Laban Vice President for International Affairs Raul Lambino, Department of Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary Jose Eduardo Malaya III, and Senators Christopher Lawrence Go and Francis Tolentino.

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