Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month for his fifth State Visit to China.
Aside from the meeting, Duterte’s itinerary is to personally support Gilas Pilipinas National Men’s Basketball Team’s Campaign in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Foshan, China.
Arrangements were being prepared for Duterte’s appearance in one of the Philippines’ three matches in the group stage.
Based on the Schedule, Gilas Pilipinas will face No. 13 ranked Italy on August 31, No. 4 ranked Serbia on September 2 and No. 39, Angola on September 4.
This will not be the first time Duterte will show personal support for the team as he was also present when the Philippines faced France in Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Country on 2016.
Since he assumed Presidency on 2016, Duterte already has four State Visits to China, the most visits he made in to a Country.
His last visit to China was on April when he attended the 2nd Belt & Road Forum, a visit described by Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo as “a success” as the Country secured $12.165 million worth of investment and trade deals.