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Xinhua | Updated:2016-10-19 09:15BEIJING — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Beijing Tuesday evening, beginning his four-day visit to China.
Choosing China as the first country outside the ASEAN since taking office in June, Duterte makes the visit amid a backdrop of deteriorating China-Philippines ties, due to the unilateral filing of the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by his predecessor Benigno Aquino III against China.
Duterte will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and top legislator Zhang Dejiang, according to Chinas Foreign Ministry.
“This is a historic visit, and presents an opportunity for relations between China and the Philippines to restart on a fresh, more positive footing,” said Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier on Tuesday.
Applauding Dutertes commitment to improving bilateral ties and voicing support for dialogue and cooperation between the two nations, Wang said the visit accords with the national interests of the Philippines and the wishes of its people.
No foreign force can stand in the way of improvements to China-Philippines relations, Wang said, adding that Chinas arms are open and ready for friendship and cooperation.
The upcoming meetings are expected to enhance cooperation in trade, infrastructure and drug control, said Ruan Zongze, executive deputy president of the China Institute of International Studies.
Though the anticipated visit will not be able to wipe the slate clean, it is a “window of opportunity” that may ameliorate the situation, as long as the two sides agree to shelve their differences and get back to consensus through dialogue, Ruan said.Related StoriesPhilippine president threatens to break up with USBeijing welcomes visit by Philippine leaderPhilippine police confirm nearly 1,800 deaths in war on drugsPhilippine president mulls ceasefire to reciprocate rebel trucePhotoThe world in photos: Oct 17-23The world in photos: Oct 10 – 16The world in photos: Sept 26 – Oct 9Can you beat these elders?The world in photos: Sept 19 – 25The world in photos: Sept 12-18Most Viewed in 24 HoursWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Oct 17-23NewsmakerHaunting images of Nanjing Massacre displayed in FranceGlimpse into lifestyle of astronauts in spaceSpecialPresident Xi visits Cambodia, BangladeshPremier Li attends UN meetingsReporters JournalFrom street food to museums, Chinese food hot in the USWonder who made the Terracotta Warriors? Read the signatureChina-JapanJapans defense white paper makes irresponsible accusations against ChinaJapanese sub calls at ex-US naval baseChina-USWoman reunited with Chinese rescuer 71 years onDrills called sign of healthy ties as PLA fleet heads to Pearl HarborChina-EuropeGroundbreaking early photographs of Shanghai head for LondonUK changes visa policy to attract top studentsChina-AfricaNew Zanzibar hospital funded by ChinaChina delivers warship to AlgeriaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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