Monday, April 9, 2018

LOOK! ARRIVAL OF PRESIDENT DUTERTE WITH MAYOR SARA FOR THE BOAO FORUM ASIA 2018 IN CHINA!


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President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in China Monday to speak before Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) and meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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President Duterte is accompanied by his daughter Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and grandson Stingray.

Duterte, who sought closer ties with Beijing when he assumed power 2 years ago, will address the Boao Forum in the southern province of Hainan, dubbed as Asia's answer to the World Economic Forum held annually at the ski resort town of Davos in Swtizerland.

It is the President's third time to visit China. He will be on a working visit to Hong Kong later this week.

The President, in a speech ahead of his flight, said he will seek additional investments on infrastructure and inter-connectivity.

He said he and Xi, as "friends and sovereign equals," will review the progress of their efforts to "ensure prosperity for our nation and region."

Jose Santiago Santa Romana, Philippine ambassador to the People's Republic of China, earlier said the Philippines is looking to seal a pact with China within a few months to jointly explore for oil and gas in a part of the busy South China Sea waterway claimed by both countries.

In February, the two countries agreed to set up a special panel to work out how to jointly explore for offshore oil and gas in areas both sides claim, without needing to address the touchy issue of sovereignty.

"We're trying to see if we can achieve an agreement, hopefully within the next couple of months," Santa Romana told a news conference held on China's island province of Hainan.

Last month, the Philippines identified two areas in the South China Sea where joint exploration for oil and gas may be undertaken with China.

But any potential deals between Manila and Beijing should be agreed with a company and not the Chinese government, the presidential spokesman said.

Also during the Boao Forum, Filipino and Chinese officials will likely discuss a bilateral agreement on the deployment of 100,000 Filipino teachers to China, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said.

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