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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte travels to China

That has included the Philippines extending an olive branch to China, despite the two countries being locked for years in a bitter territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

"Ever since President Duterte took office, China and Philippines have been engaging in friendly interactions, which have yielded a series of positive results,"

"The clouds are fading away. The sun is rising over the horizon, and will shine beautifully on the new chapter of bilateral relations,"

Diplomatic and business sources in Manila have said he will be accompanied by about two dozen businessmen, which could lead to deals being forged that could underpin any improved bilateral ties.

But the key to a successful visit will be an understanding of how to approach the dispute over the South China Sea. Beijing has angrily rejected a decision by an international court in July that ruled China's claims to the waterway were invalid after a case was brought by the Philippines.

Duterte wants China to abide by the ruling and allow access to the Scarborough Shoal, a traditional fishing ground for Chinese, Filipino and Vietnamese fishermen. But he has not insisted on the ruling being implemented and said he would like to negotiate on the row.

My Grandfather is Chinese, It's only China that can help us,  Duterte told Chinese state agency Xinhua before embarking on a four-day trip to china

"All that I want to do is just to talk and get a firm handshake from the officials and say we  are Filipinos and we are ready to cooperate with you, to help us in building our economy and building our country.

" if we can have the things you have given to other countries by the way of assistance, we'd  also like to be a part of it and to be a part of the greater plans of China about  the whole of Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, President Duterte said

"there is no sense in going to war , there is no sense in fighting over a body of water, "it is better to talk than war, we want to talk about friendship, we want to talk about cooperation, and most of all, we want to talk about business, war would lead us to nowhere" . President Duterte said

"Duterte giving us face means we have to rethink our policy," a source with ties to China's leadership and the military told Reuters. "We have to reciprocate his courtesy."

Getting Filipino fishermen access to the Scarborough Shoal would be a major win for Duterte and add to his already sky-high domestic popularity. According to a recent survey, he has a record high approval rating of 92 percent even as he faces international opprobrium for the killings.

"When Duterte visits China, his agenda will focus on trade, investments and fishery cooperation with China, including access to Scarborough," a Philippines foreign ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Zha Daojiong, an international relations professor at China's Peking University, said a deal over renewed Philippines access to Scarborough Shoal could be expected at the visit. But he said it would be a verbal rather than written agreement to avoid formally acknowledging the international court's ruling, which upheld the historic fishing rights of both states.

"A new, positive interaction between China and the Philippines, starkly different from the Aquino Era, the Past Administration

"Duterte shows stark differences from his predecessor in diplomacy and style. He seems to prefer more balanced diplomatic relations with other countries rather than being too reliant on the U.S."

 President Rodrigo Duterte is working on progress to provide peace and order in the Philippines as well as enhancing the quality of the Filipinos.

He is a brave man who gonna do courageous things in accordance with his good will to provide a better life to his countrymen...

I salute you Mr. President with all my respect.....


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