Duterte boarded the missile destroyer Chang Chun which arrived with two other vessels in Davao on Sunday for a three-day goodwill visit.
According to media reports, the Philippine president said he was very impressed with the Chinese naval fleet and believed that the three-day visit is part of confidence building between China and the Philippines. He added that he is open to the idea of conducting joint military exercises with China.
Sara Duterte, Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter and mayor of Davao City, said on Sunday that it is her sincere hope that the visit would promote exchanges on maritime issues and maritime cooperation between the two sides.
It’s the first time for a Chinese naval fleet to visit Davao, the country’s third largest city. The Philippine side held a grand welcome ceremony at the Port of Davao. – CRI
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