MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Vietnam Wednesday night for the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, where he is expected to take part in high-level meetings on crucial issues such as trade and security.
Duterte arrived past 7 p.m. (Manila time) at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam and was welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Noel Servigon and Vietnamese officials.
Duterte is one of 21 leaders attending the economic forum with the theme ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering A Shared Future”.
On the sidelines of APEC, the President is likely to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Russia, Chile, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. The President may also hold a dialogue with Chinese President Xi Jinping and for the first time meet United States President Donald Trump.
Planned bilateral talks between Duterte and Trump, meanwhile, may not push through, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Tuesday. The two leaders are, however, expected to again meet in Manila at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit later this month.