President Aquino to meet Filipino community in Beijing

BEIJING, China, (PNA) – President Benigno S. Aquino III will meet with the Filipino community here to personally check their conditions and to bring to them the good news about the positive developments in the Philippines under his administration.

The President, who will be here on Tuesday evening (Aug. 30) for a five-day state visit, will meet with the Filipino community at the sidelines of his five-day state visit to the People’s Republic of China in a get-together at the China World Hotel on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

In a short program prepared for the occasion, the President will be welcomed by the Filipino community represented by Jimmy Flor Cruz upon his arrival at the hotel.

Before the President’s speech, Alex Chua, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Philippine Embassy and Cruz will deliver their respective brief remarks.

Based on records from the Department of Foreign Affairs, there were about 12,254 overseas Filipinos in the mainland China broken down as follows: Beijing – 2,492; Chongging -164; Guangzhou – 4,564; Shanghai – 4,264; and Xiamen – 7707.

Most of the Filipinos here are working in various fields and professions — musicians, household service employees, hotel and restaurant managers, doctors, engineers, teachers, manufacturing and property investors, media, multinational corporations and architects among others.

In an interview, Charge d’Affaires ad interim Alex Chua of the Philippine Embassy said that the Filipino community is eagerly awaiting President Aquino’s visit to the People’s Republic of China.

Chua stressed that Filipinos in Beijing are proud of President Aquino’s visit “as it is a clear and strong indication that despite some issues between the Philippines and their host country, the relationship is on a good track and both governments are highly committed to strengthen the friendship and cooperation.” (PNA)

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