LOOK: PH, China officials meet for Duterte's upcoming Beijing visit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday met China's envoy to the country as they discussed President Rodrigo Duterte's highly anticipated visit to Beijing this month.

The Chinese Embassy released photos of Locsin's meeting with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at the Department of Foreign Affairs. A number of representatives from both countries were also present.

"Both sides exchange views on preparations of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s upcoming visit to China and agree to work together to ensure the visit a complete success," the Chinese Embassy said in a tweet.

There is no date yet for Duterte's working visit to Beijing, but the President had promised to finally raise the arbitration ruling that favors the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute.

China has repeatedly rejected the ruling which invalidated its sweeping claim to the global waterway and recognized the Philippines' sovereign rights to some areas within its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. Zhao earlier said the Chinese government's position on the matter "will not be changed" even if Duterte is expected to talk about it in a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte said he will also discuss all other bilateral issues with Xi.

Duterte's visit to Beijing comes on the heels of the Philippines' protests over the unauthorized presence of China's survey vessels and warships within the Philippines' EEZ.

Locsin on Wednesday announced a new policy wherein foreign survey ships will only be allowed in the country's EEZ if the research is led by Filipinos.

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