Philippines-China ties a model for positive engagement, says Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avancena arriving for the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia on China's Hainan Island yesterday. Mr Duterte said his country and China "stand together in the war on criminality and the ill
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Davao Mayor Sarah Duterte, arriving for the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia on China's Hainan Island yesterday. Mr Duterte said his country and China "stand together in the war on criminality and the illegal drug trade".PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday hailed warming ties between the Philippines and China as "positive and mutually beneficial engagement", and said they served as a model for the rest of the world.

"Bilaterally, the Philippines is showing how complex relations are not a bar to a positive and mu-tually beneficial engagement," Mr Duterte said in a speech at the Boao Forum For Asia in Hainan, China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'Philippines-China ties a model for positive engagement, says Duterte'. Print Edition | Subscribe