BEIJING, China (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte will arrive in Beijing, China, on Tuesday night, October 18.
What will he do during his 4-day state visit? Here are his daily activities, based on the official schedule released to the media. (READ: Duterte faces Asia's Goliath: What PH stands to gain or lose in China)
Tuesday, October 18
Duterte lands at the Beijing International Airport in the evening from Brunei, where he had a state visit.
Wednesday, October 19
The President will meet with the Filipino community at a hotel. Meetings with the Filipino community are regular fixtures of foreign trips of the Chief Executive.
Thursday, October 20
This is Duterte's busiest day, starting with the welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping will meet Duterte in Beijing for the first time. The two leaders and their officials will engage each other in an expanded bilateral meeting. After the meeting, Xi and Duterte will witness the signing of various agreements, primarily in trade and investments.
Duterte is also set to meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Later, the Philippine leader will keynote a trade and investment forum to he attended by Filipino and Chinese businessmen.
Next stop for Duterte is a meeting with National People's Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang.
His day ends with a state banquet in his honor, most likely to be held in the Great Hall.
Friday, October 21
On his last day, Duterte meets with representatives of the Bank of China. After lunch, he departs for Davao City.
Though it was earlier announced that Duterte may visit a law enforcement agency, drug rehabilitation center, and traffic control center, these activities are not yet in the official schedule sent to media.
Duterte arrives with a group composed mostly of Cabinet members. He will also be joined by a business delegation with as much as 400 businessmen, according to business leaders. The businessmen are arriving separately, in different groups.
The Department of Trade and Industry has not yet released a list of members of the business delegation, which is expected to include industry leaders and other prominent business personalities.
Here is the updated list of members of the government delegation:
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