BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will pay a state visit to China from Oct. 18 to 21, at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Wednesday.
During the trip, Xi and Duterte will discuss improving bilateral ties, deepening cooperation and international and regional issues of common concern.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet Duterte, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily press briefing.
China hopes the visit will help the two nations strengthen political trust, deepen cooperation, continue friendship, properly handle disputes, and promote bilateral relations back to the track of sound and stable development, Geng said.
He added that the two sides were keeping close communication regarding specific arrangement and the results and deals that could be achieved.
Geng said a good China-Philippines relationship was a common desire of the two nations.
China attaches high importance to relations with the Philippines and is willing to work with the country to promote the sound and stable development of bilateral ties, he said.