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Xi pays tribute to Rizal, cites his Chinese roots

Chinese President Xi Jinping honored Jose Rizal, the Filipino hero with Chinese roots, as he began his official activities for his two-day state visit to the Philippines.

Xi pays tribute to Rizal, cites his Chinese roots
‘MILESTONE’ VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) Tuesday offers a wreath at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal in Manila, calling his visit ‘a milestone’ as he aimed to boost ties with the promise of billions of dollars in supporting mega projects. AFP
Xi laid a wreath at the Rizal Park in Manila around 4:30 pm on Tuesday, the first day of his state visit.

He was accompanied by former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada while a band played “Pilipinas Kong Mahal (My Beloved Philippines),” a song that speaks of offering one’s life for the country’s freedom.

On Monday, Xi mentioned Rizal among the notable Filipinos with Chinese ancestry.

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Topics: Xi Jinping , Jose Rizal , Rizal Park , Joseph Estrada , Pilipinas Kong Mahal
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