President Duterte off to Brunei, China for working visit
On Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Brunei and China to stronger the connection between the two countries.
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“In both these state visits, we will continue to espouse cooperation and collaboration with friendly nations on the basis of sovereign equality, non-interference and mutual respect,” Duterte said.
“In all my dealings, I will remain true to the Constitutional mandate reposed on me to pursue an independent foreign policy and to uphold the national interest of the Philippines.” He added.
President Duterte will arrive first to Brunei to meet Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and try finding business investments. After Brunei, The President will off to China to meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“This is the first state visit of a Philippine President to Beijing since 2011, and signals a key turning point in both our histories. We look forward to renewing ties of friendship between the Philippines and China, and to reaffirm the commitment to work closer to achieve shared goals for our countries and peoples.”
Meanwhile, President Duterte said he will not give up the South China Sea.
“I will be very carefull not to bargain anything for after all, I cannot give what is not what mine and which I am not empowered to do by any stretch of imagination,” Duterte said.
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