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Closer ties with China, Russia, and the US

JOINT military exercises with the United States were scaled down last year following President Duterte’s call for a more independent foreign policy for the Philippines. The President said the Philippines would develop closer ties with China and Russia, two nations which have long been perceived as rivals of the US-led West in international affairs.

“International seas and airspace belong to everyone and are not the dominion of any single nation,” Admiral Harry Harris said, according to prepared remarks for a speech at the Stanford Center at Peking University.

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