President Rodrigo Duterte is set to embark on a third official visit to Japan later this month.
Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday that the President’s upcoming trip was upon the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Panelo hopes the visit will strengthen trade relations between Manila and Tokyo as deals are expected to be signed. He did not give details of the possible agreements.
Reports said the President was invited to speak at the International Conference on The Future of Asia, a gathering of political, economic and academic leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, on May 30 to 31.
In April, Duterte went to Beijing for the Second Belt and Road Forum and meetings with the leaders of China, a regional rival of Japan.
Abe has been to the Philippines several times for state and working visits, the last of which took place in November 2017 when he attended the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and other meetings in line with Japan’s role as one of the dialogue partners of the 10-nation bloc.
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Palace: Duterte to visit Japan for third time