Duterte: Philippines and China partners in drug, corruption war

THE PHILIPPINES and China are a united front in the fight against illegal drugs, terror and corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday at the opening of a global economic forum in Beijing. “The Philippines is showing how complex relations are not a bar to a positive and mutually beneficial engagement. With China, we stand together in the war on criminality and the illegal drug trade,” Duterte said in his speech at the Boao Forum for Asia, as reported by the Phil Star. “We are shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. Make no mistake: there can be no progress without stability in Asia’s lands and waters.” SEE ALSO: China, Philippines bullish over improving bilateral relations Relations with China have thawed since Duterte took office in 2016. Traditionally a staunch ally of the US, Manila has been making a steady pivot towards China as Beijing continues to invest...


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