Philipino President, Rodrigo Duterte has announced that his country has cut ties with the US saying he prefers the “character of an Oriental” after meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Duterte made the announcement of Philippines’ “separation” from long-standing ally the United States on his visit to Beijing as he re-balances his country’s diplomacy towards China.
During the meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, both leaders pledged to enhance trust and friendship and played down a maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
“I announce my separation from the United States, both in military but economics also,” Duterte announced at a meeting of Filipino and Chinese businessmen in Beijing.
“America has lost it,” Duterte was quoted as saying in a transcript of his speech by the Philippine Presidential Communications Office on Friday morning.
“I mean, I realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia.”
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