Philippine leader seeks arms from Russia & China, pursues policies independent from US

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The Philippines will pursue “independent” foreign
and military policies separate from US interests in
the region, the country’s president said,

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announcing that in order to avoid any
confrontations with China he would halt joint
Filipino navy patrols with the US.
The Asian country may now also look toward
China and Russia in order to acquire new weapons
so that it can improve its capabilities tackling
insurgencies and terrorism in the country.

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‘We’ll never have peace’: Philippines leader
Duterte wants to boot US troops out of country’s
south

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