Philippine leader meets China’s president in charm offensive

BEIJING (AP) — Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit to Beijing in a charm offensive aimed at seeking trade and support from the Asian giant by setting aside a thorny territorial dispute.

Duterte was greeted Thursday by Xi with full military honors at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of the ceremonial legislature in the heart of Beijing.

The two are due to oversee the signing of a raft of agreements between their governments following their discussions.

China has hailed Duterte’s visit as a step toward ending years of estrangement between the countries. Tensions ran high after the Philippines won a major arbitration lawsuit against Beijing’s massive territorial claims in the South China Sea just three months ago.