LOOK: Duterte meets Jackie Chan in China

Pia Ranada
LOOK: Duterte meets Jackie Chan in China
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte and his ever-present former aide Senator Bong Go pose with Jackie Chan for photos while on an official trip in China

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On the first full day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s August visit to China, not only did he sit down with its president Xi Jinping but he also got to meet its most famous actor – Jackie Chan.

Photos sent by Malacañang show Duterte and his ever-present former aide Senator Bong Go, posing with Chan, famous worldwide for his roles in Rush Hour movies, Police Story movies, Shanghai Noon, The Tuxedo, and more.

The meeting with the Hong Kong action star took place on Thursday, August 29, in Beijing.

Chan gifted Duterte with a jacket and book, said Go. The actor also invited the President to help with his charity initiatives and attend some events in the Southeast Asian region.

Chan is seen doing Duterte’s signature clenched fist gesture, with the President and Go. They also posed with stuffed toy pandas. The Hollywood celebrity is also seen showing Duterte something in a laptop.

The meeting with Chan was not in Duterte’s official schedule for the day, which originally consisted only of the President’s bilateral meeting with Chinese officials and a state banquet. A private lunch hosted by former economic adviser Michael Yang was also not in the official schedule. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.