Philippine President Says He’ll Open Trade Alliances With China, Russia

How long will President Rodrigo Duterte stay in power with a Philippine foreign policy  shift towards China and Russia and abandoning the U.S.? Coup? Assassination? 

Source: NPR

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he’s interested in offering trade alliances and long-term land leases to China and Russia.

Duterte said he realized he’d be “crossing the Rubicon” with the U.S., his country’s close ally and former colonial ruler.

“I am not really going to break ties” with the U.S., Duterte said, but he indicated he’d be willing to forge closer economic relationships with the other side of “the ideological barrier.”

The Associated Press reports that Duterte would be offering countries in China and Russia the ability to lease land in the Philippines for more than a century.

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