UnJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Abe has sought to strengthen ties with the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries as a counter-balance to Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
UnJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Abe has sought to strengthen ties with the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries as a counter-balance to Beijing. Photo: Kyodo

Duterte on Japan visit says US to remain Philippines’ sole military ally after his pivot to China

The Philippine president softened his remarks about a ‘separation’ from long-time ally United States made during a trip last week to China

UnJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Abe has sought to strengthen ties with the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries as a counter-balance to Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
UnJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Abe has sought to strengthen ties with the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries as a counter-balance to Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
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