Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Hong Kong ahead of Beijing visit
Police describe security level as comparable to what was afforded the Indonesian leader during his visit to the city last week
Hong Kong police declined to discuss their security plan for Duterte.
Earlier media reports stated the security level for the Philippine leader would be similar to what was afforded Widodo, for whom counter terrorism officers were out in force.
Security has been stepped up near the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wan Chai, where Duterte is staying.
Police said they had not received any notification from any group about staging protests against the Philippine leader.
Arguably China’s most significant diplomatic event of the year, the two-day forum starts on Sunday and is expected to draw more than 1,000 delegates.
The Philippine consulate in Hong Kong said there was no plan for the president to call on the city’s chief executive or other officials.
Before leaving Manila earlier this week, Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar highlighted the significance of Duterte’s stopover in Hong Kong.
“The [Filipino] community [in Hong Kong] has also been instrumental in promoting enhanced trade relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong and in promoting our country’s investment opportunities and tourist destinations,” he said.
Among Asean member states, the Philippines was Hong Kong’s fifth-largest trading partner in 2015, with trade totalling HK$82.2 billion.