China confirms Duterte visit amid strained U.S.-Philippine ties

China confirms Duterte visit amid strained U.S.-Philippine ties
 

China confirmed on Wednesday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China next week, as the Southeast Asian leader's relationship with its traditional ally the United States frays.
Under Duterte, Manila's relations with Washington have come under strain and the recently elected president has opted to put aside years of hostility with China, especially over the disputed South China Sea, to form a new partnership.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, confirming a visit previously flagged in Manila, said Duterte would meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on... read more

 
12 October 2016 in World News, Views: 29
Source: Reuters
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