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Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping

"It does not happen overnight but we are confident that a more favorable public appreciation of China would happen in the future", he said.

"The Palace takes into account that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which is the Office of Primary Responsibility during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country, is still preoccupied with activities on Day 2 of the Chinese leader's visit".

In one clip posted yesterday, Pooh bows before a mirror while "Hail Satan" flashes across the screen, in another he floats near an artificial island built by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea.

Asked yesterday about the survey, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Mr Duterte's strategy was to avoid a potential "inferno" of conflict while reaping the rewards of improved business.

Duterte has brushed off concerns that he's undermined Philippine sovereignty with little to show in return, saying close ties with the US and Europe had previously failed to produce material gains for the country.

At a joint briefing with Duterte Tuesday evening, Xi said China and the Philippines will manage contentious issues in South China Sea and work with other Southeast Asian nations to create a code of conduct in the waters.

He lashed at the supposedly "flawed" questionnaire design and the framing of the questions, citing the question, "Ang pabayaan na lang ang Tsina na panatilihin ang mga imprastraktura at militar sa mga inaangking mga teritoryo ay TAMA/HINDA TAMA na pamaraan na gawin ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas upang malutas ang pagtatalo ng Pilipinas at Tsina tungkol sa West Philippine Sea (To let China keep their infrastructure and military in the territory they are claiming is a GOOD/BAD thing for the government to do to solve the disputes of the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea)". On his last day in Manila, Xi will meet with House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the Shangri-La Hotel. On China's part, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that "China looks forward to advancing the maritime practical cooperation between the two sides in an all-round way and reaping harvests at an early date to benefit the two countries and peoples".

Xi said he was "impressed" by Duterte's insights on Philippine-China relations and global affairs, saying these prove "once again that China and the Philippines are partners in a common journey toward peace and development".

He said the committee would be co-chaired by himself and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and vice-chaired by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and his Chinese counterpart.

But the Foreign Secretary said he could lift the moratorium, but would need a go-signal from President Rodrigo Duterte.

"China respects and supports your endeavors, and we would like to see the Philippines playing an even bigger role in regional and global affairs", he said. Chinese officials have asked Washington to back off from what they say is a purely Asian dispute, but the US has vowed to maintain a presence in the waters, where it has no claims but has pledged to promote freedom of navigation and overflight.

Further, the DFA said both leaders noted that the situation in the South China Sea has become generally more stable as a result of joint cooperative efforts between China, the Philippines, and other ASEAN member states. The state visit includes the usual welcoming ceremony, a state banquet, a number of agreements to be signed, and meetings with the country's top officials.

"We are truly pleased with this decision", Xi said.

Most notably, China and the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development.



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