Duterte maximizes interests: analysts suggest
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.