Duterte visits Chinese warships

A handout photo showing Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) joining Chinese Navy officers for a photograph during a tour at a Chinese Naval ship in Davao city, southern Philippines.
A handout photo showing Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) joining Chinese Navy officers for a photograph during a tour at a Chinese Naval ship in Davao city, southern Philippines.PHOTO: EPA

MANILA • In a show of fast-warming ties between the Philippines and China, President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday visited Chinese warships docked at his home town Davao City, despite territorial rivalry between the two nations in the South China Sea.

The Philippine leader, who has distanced himself from his country's traditional ally, the United States, also said he was open to joint military exercises with China and suggested they could be held in waters off southern Philippines where extremist pirates are active.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2017, with the headline 'Duterte visits Chinese warships'. Print Edition | Subscribe