Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the military's Camp Tecson to talk to soldiers in San Miguel, Bulacan in northern Philippines September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Reuters: Philippines' Duterte wants to 'open alliances' with Russia, China
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and "open alliances" with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States.
Duterte said the Philippines was at the "point of no return" in its relations with former colonial ruler the United States, so he wanted to strengthen ties with others, and picked two global powers with which Washington has been sparring with on the international political stage.
He last week declared he would soon - and often - visit China, with which ties remain frosty over a South China Sea arbitration ruling won by the Philippines in July. He said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was expecting him in Moscow.
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WNU Editor: My prediction is that Philippine President Duterte will not get what he wants when he finally sits down and deal with China and Russia. China is not going to bend on their South China Sea claims, and Russia's primary interest is to sell tech and goods to Philippines while avoiding taking a stance on Philippines' border disputes with its neighbours.
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