Duterte max­i­mizes in­ter­ests: an­a­lysts sug­gest

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Bei­jing and CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte sought to as­sure Ja­pan on Wed­nes­day by say­ing that his visit to China last week was about eco­nom­ics only and that the South China Sea dis­putes should be re­solved peace­fully.

“You know I went to China for a visit. And I would like to as­sure you that all there was, was eco­nom­ics. We did not talk about arms. We avoided talk­ing about al­liances,” he was quoted by Reuters as say­ing while meet­ing with Ja­panese busi­ness lead­ers.

An­a­lysts said that Duterte is try­ing to max­i­mize his coun­try’s na­tional in­ter­ests by mak­ing friends with both China and Ja­pan.

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