Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PH in November

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in the country after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting in November. (CREDIT: ACE MORADANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the country in November, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Wednesday.

In a text message to CNN Philippines, Roque said Xi will head to the Philippines after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)  Leaders' Meeting in Papua New Guinea on November 12 to 18.

President Rodrigo Duterte left Hainan for Hong Kong on the evening of April 10, after attending the Boao Forum for Asia and holding bilateral talks with Xi. During the Xi-Duterte meeting, the two leaders forged six bilateral agreements on labor, economic cooperation, and infrastructure development. China also pledged US$ 9.8 billion (P508.6 billion) in investments in the Philippines.

Ties between the Philippines and China have warmed since Duterte took office in 2016 as his administration adopted what is seen as a softer stance on the maritime dispute over the South China Sea between the two countries.

"I need China. More than anybody else at this point, I need China," Duterte said in a speech before leaving for Hainan on April 9 . "I simply love Xi Jinping. He understood, he understands my problem and is willing to help."

Duterte also said China has an integral role in his administration's "Build, Build, Build' program.