On September 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intent to visit China and Russia in order to forge alliances with them. Duterte stated the Philippines was at the “point of no return” with the United States, and is seeking relations with the US’s historic rivals instead (Reuters). In order to open up business, trade and commerce, Duterte is willing to open up the airline industry, telecommunications and shipping to China and Russia (Xinhuanet).
Despite the ongoing dispute between the two countries, Duterte plans to visit China to begin peaceful relations. He is expected to discuss crisis management and fishing rights within the South China Sea in Beijing next month (South China Morning Post). In addition, he is expected to fly to Moscow in the near future (Reuters).
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