Duterte: I had 'most productive' talks with China, Russia at APEC Summit


Posted at Nov 12 2017 02:50 AM

Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia at the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam Saturday. President Rodrigo Duterte said his talks with the two leaders were his most productive of the meeting. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin via Reuters

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he had the most productive and meaningful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam.

"Ang pinaka-meaningful na bilateral ko iyong sa Russia pati sa China, and I assured President Xi Jinping of our friendship that it will remain warm and robust," Duterte told reporters at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

"The most productive by the way was our talk with President Xi Jinping and President Putin. And in front of my cabinet members, both countries, through their president, reiterated we will support you and we will provide you anything you need to solve this problem of terrorism," he added.

Duterte said he sees a "very bright future" with China and thanked Xi and Putin for their aid during the Marawi siege.

"I had to thank Mr. Xi Jinping for the timely and crucial help that he extended to our country when we’re fighting the siege of Marawi, kasama na dun si President Putin. We also had a talk and it was a very fruitful one. They have extended their open support for us in fighting terrorism and drugs. And almost all of them also have the same problem," he said.

China donated firearms and committed financial support for the rehabilitation of Marawi and for state troops who fought Islamic State-inspired terrorists.

Russia also gave the Philippines firearms and other military equipment.