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Yi inaugurates consulate in Duterte hometown

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi over the weekend inaugurated the Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Davao City

Oct 29

09:57
2018

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi over the weekend inaugurated the Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Davao City. According to a tweet posted by JP Soriano, Wang inaugurated the Consulate General on Sunday, as part of his two-day visit to the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China inaugurated by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi who arrived in Davao for a two-day visit that would include bilateral meetings with DFA Secretary @teddyboylocsin & other Philippine officials. (DFA Photos) pic.twitter.com/TC3SLxDdm8

— JP Soriano (@jpsoriano) October 28, 2018

Wang also attended a thanksgiving celebration in Davao for former Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, ahead of scheduled bilateral talks and the signing of bilateral documents with new Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin on Monday.

At the event, Wang gave Cayetano a basketball jersey signed by NBA star Yao Ming as a birthday gift.

Wang arrived in Davao City at 2:45 pm on Sunday, for a two-day trip that includes meetings with Filipino officials. It is rare for another country's top diplomat to skip Manila during an official trip, and hold bulk of his or her activities in another city such as Davao.

It is rarer, even, for a top diplomat to lead the opening of a consulate in the Philippines.

Gracing the event, along with Wang, was newly appointed Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, who delivered a message.

"Being the biggest Philippine city in terms of land area, and the third largest in terms of population, the inauguration of the Chinese Consulate General here in Davao is an auspicious sign of the city's promise and the bright prospects for our engagement with China," Locsin said.

"May this be a continued testament to an immemorial friendship, to a robust and interconnected relationship, and to sustained interactions between the Philippines and China as we promote our common goals to the mutual benefit of both our great nations," he added. Most of Wang's events will happen on Monday, October 29, at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

Wang will meet with Locsin and Duterte's economic managers, sign bilateral documents, and hold a press conference at Marco Polo Hotel. Locsin and Wang "will also witness the signing of bilateral agreements covering infrastructure, law enforcement, and humanitarian assistance," said the Department of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Saturday, October 27.