Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Manila

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Manila on November 17, 2015.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday (November 17) to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Xi, on board Air China, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) a couple of minutes past noon.

"We are very happy he is here. He honored our invitation," Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Del Rosario said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Philippines and China a week ago agreed that no "contentious issues" will be raised during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM).

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"In the context of APEC, we [Philippines and China] both agreed that it is an economic forum and it won't be the proper venue to discuss political and security issues," DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said on Tuesday (November 10).

Meanwhile, both parties agreed to resume foreign ministry consultations to improve bilateral relations. The last consultation was held in Beijing in 2013.

The Chinese president, who was welcomed by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, arrived almost an hour after U.S. President Barack Obama set foot in the country.