- The visit Rodrigo Duterte recently released China was purely economic in nature and did not concern the supply of arms. That the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday assured in Japan, where he is a guest.
His remarks in Beijing on the 'separation' of the United States gave Shinzo Abe, however headache. Japanese Prime Minister will just strengthen ties with the Americans to China not to get too much power in southeast Asia.
'I tell you, it was in China do not have an alliance,' Duterte told his audience of Japanese businessmen for. 'We have not talked about weapons, not about the deployment of troops, not an alliance. It was pure economics. '
The Filipino leader praised Japan as 'long-term friend and partner' and called for Japanese investment in fields such as infrastructure and agriculture. But he also said in the future- 'maybe a year or two'- no foreign military units like in his country anymore.
Duterte, who talks with Abe later in the day, could not call it Washington again fail in that regard. The defense agreement with the Americans on the trip because Manila would no longer be 'a leashed dog.' 'I seek an independent foreign policy after. '