MANILA, Nov. 20 (CGTN) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Manila on Tuesday for a state visit at the invitation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Xi flew in to the capital of the Philippines, following his state visit to Brunei.

Xi's two-day trip to the Philippines marks the first such visit by a Chinese head of state in 13 years.

He will meet with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte later in the day at the Presidential Palace.

Prior to his arrival, a signed article by the Chinese president titled "Open up a New Future Together for China-Philippines Relations" was published in three Philippine newspapers.

Xi called on the two countries to elevate their all-round cooperation under new international circumstances.

Ahead of Xi's arrival, Duterte said the Chinese president's visit will bring bilateral relations a "knot higher."

The Philippines is the third leg of Xi's ongoing Asia-Pacific trip after Papua New Guinea and Brunei.