China leader sets 1st state visit to Philippines in 13 years
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the two leaders will exchange views on areas of mutual concern and chart the course for the future Philippines-China bilateral relations. Panelo could not say if there were any major agreements that would be signed during the visit, saying only that it was “a good opportunity to discuss certain issues that require attention.” READ: Philippine, China working on state visit of Xi Jinping to Manila Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he still has to work on the arrangements for Xi’s visit. “We’re working on that. There’s a whole list here of things to talk about. We’re still finalizing it. I have to go to Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit,” said Locsin in a press conference Thursday afternoon hours before the closing ceremony of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore. “Of course, I’ll rush back [to the country] immediately to finalize it,” he added. Xi’s historic visit to the country comes after his attendance at the APEC 2018 from Nov. 16 to 17 in Papua New Guinea. Duterte will also attend the summit with his delegation. Xi’s will be the first visit of a Chinese president to the country in 13 years.