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SLIDESHOW: Xi Jinping visit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2018 01:20 AM

"The only right choice".

Thus declared visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Philippines' pivot to China under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

The choice was rewarded with a state visit of the Chinese leader, the first in 13 years, a payback to President Duterte's earlier visit to the Chinese mainland.

Duterte this time welcomed Xi in Malacañang as the Chinese leader started a 2-day visit that seeks to reinforce Beijing’s ties with Manila long marred by a bitter maritime dispute.

The Chinese leader’s visit comes more than two years since a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal handed a decision invalidating China's expansive claim to the South China Sea, a legal victory that the Philippines has shelved. 

China has ignored the ruling, while Duterte eased Beijing’s outrage by setting it aside in exchange for improved economic ties.

China's President Xi Jinping waves to the crowd upon his arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Erik De Castro, Reuters

China's President Xi Jinping walks past honour guards upon his arrival for a state visit in Manila. Erik De Castro, Reuters

China's President Xi Jinping (right) walks with Philippines' former president Joseph Estrada (center) at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal in Manila. Noel Celis, AFP

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping lays a wreath at the monument of Philippines National Hero Jose Rizal at the Luneta in Manila. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping bows before the Philippine and Chinese national flags as he reviews the troops with President Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Erik De Castro, Reuters

President Duterte and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping wave to the media before their one on one meeting at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Erik De Castro, Reuters

President Duterte and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping stand at attention during a welcoming ceremony for the Chinese leader at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Erik De Castro, Reuters

Schoolchildren hold Chinese national flags as they wait for the convoy of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping near the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Erik De Castro, Reuters

Schoolchildren hold Philippine and Chinese national flags as they wait for the convoy of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping near the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Erik De Castro, Reuters

A protester holds a sign with Chinese translation telling the Chinese to leave the country during a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Protesters hold placards with anti-Chinese slogans in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Anti-China protesters march along Buendia in the business district of Makati going to the Chinese Embassy. ABS-CBN News

Anti-Chinese protesters burn a Chinese flag at the Mendiola Bridge in Manila on Tuesday as visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed at Malacañang Palace. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

President Duterte and China's President Xi Jinping meet during an Exchange of Agreements at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Mark Cristino/Pool via Reuters

President Duterte and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint news statement at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Mark Cristino/Pool via Reuters