China buys Duterte's support with oil and gas deal

China buys Duterte's support with oil and gas deal

She then urged the government's executive branch to disclose the full details of the joint exploration agreement as well as the 28 other agreements signed by the Philippines and China in Malacañang on Tuesday.

A red-carpet welcome awaits President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in Manila, the last stop in a three-nation swing through Asia where he's offering infrastructure loans and aid and championing free trade in a rivalry for influence with the United States.

Two years after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a divorce with old ally the United States in return for bumper business ties with China, he doesn't have much to show for it.

Duterte joked that his daughter is shy, but he believes she would be willing to sing the Chinese song for the visiting Chinese President, and he would let her start practicing immediately.

Xi's visit to the Philippines caps off an unexpectedly turbulent trip for the Chinese leader, after he joined in a war of words with Pence at the annual APEC summit in Papua New Guinea.

Philippine ambassador to China Chito Sta.

A clever way for China to prevent the USA from extending its influence into the South China Sea in the name of defending the freedom of navigation is to conclude bilateral or multilateral agreements with all countries which have territorial claims in the disputed waters.

The Philippine President also recognized China's support to his country in anti-terrorism and drug control, saying China, different from other countries, has given help and support wholeheartedly with no strings attached.

Lopez said at the APEC meetings that the Philippines won't agree to "unreasonable terms" in any transaction - including with China.

Moreover, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta Romana suggested that the slow pace is an indicator that the country is far from falling into the debt trap.

Local media highlighted the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the development of oil and gas, which is highly beneficial, according to experts, for Manila and Beijing.

During the just-ended China International Import Expo in Shanghai, more than 40 exhibitors from the Philippines have taken part in it, the ambassador said.

China has continued to assert indisputable sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea, ignoring a July 2016 ruling of a United Nations-backed panel that had invalidated this claim in response to a Philippine plea.

Xi earlier said he and Duterte had "friendly" and "productive" meeting on closer cooperation on trade and investments and infrastructure development.

"Infrastructure will be very important for the Philippines in the coming years and there is no country in the world that matches China's recent track record and capability in this area", Arroyo said during a courtesy call on Xi at his hotel Wednesday.

President Duterte is expected to embark on another visit to China in April 2019 amid the revitalized bilateral friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Southeast Asian nations Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the waters.

Artificial islands in the South China Sea and China's military operations in the region are a continued source of tension between the U.S., China and regional countries.

"We will continue to fly and sail wherever worldwide law allows and our national interests demand; harassment will only strengthen our resolve".

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