- President Rodrigo Duterte briefly met with actor and martial arts icon Jackie Chan during his visit to China on Thursday.
- The two were seen being cordial and welcoming of each other’s presence, as seen in the photos sent to the local media.
- Aside from his bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duterte is set to watch a basketball game on Friday
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte met with actor and martial arts legend Jackie Chan on the first day of his fifth visit to China on Thursday.
The Palace and Duterte’s former aide, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go sent photos to the local media on the brief meeting of the two prior to the President’s visit to Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Chan is famous worldwide for his roles in Rush Hour movies, Police Story movies, Shanghai Noon, The Tuxedo, and more.
Chan gave the President a jacket and a book, according to Go.
The actor also invited Duterte to help with his charity initiatives and attend some events in the Southeast Asian region.
In their photos, Duterte, Chan and Go can be seen happily posing alongside each other with a clenched fist, the signature post of the President.
Chan was also seen showing Duterte something from his laptop.
Duterte’s meeting with Chan was not part of the official schedule which he originally sent to Palace reporters.
He also had a private lunch hosted by economic adviser Michael Yang, which was not listed in his official schedule.
Duterte’s primary purpose for visiting China was to hold bilateral talks with Xi on the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that during Duterte’s talk with Xi, he insisted that “the arbitral award is final, binding and not subject to appeal.”
On Friday, Duterte is scheduled to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and travel to Guangdong province to attend a basketball game with Vice President Wang Qishan.
He is expected to show his support for Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas who will play against Italy in its first FIBA World Cup game in the host country.
The President is slated to return to the Philippines on Saturday.
Photos courtesy of Malacañang.
Source: Office of the Vice President, Rappler