Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend 2015 APEC summit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has confirmed attendance in the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit which will be hosted by the Philippines next week.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China made the announcement on Monday (November 9) through its website.

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“At the invitation of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III of the Republic of the Philippines, President Xi Jinping will attend the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Manila, the Philippines from November 17 to 19,” the statement from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang read.

Last week, Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, confirmed the attendance of more than 10 economic leaders to the summit, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, and recently sworn-in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Before going to Manila, the Chinese president will attend the 10th G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey from November 14 to 16. 

Xi will make his visit to the country weeks after an arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled that it has the authority to hear seven submissions of the Philippines under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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