China of­fers Philip­pines weapons for drug war

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

China is ready to give the Philip­pines weapons to help Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte wage his con­tro­ver­sial war on drugs which has claimed over 5,000 lives, the Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Manila said. Beijing has pre­vi­ously said it sup­ports Duterte’s bloody crime war, which has been slammed by the United Na­tions and hu­man rights watch­dogs over al­leged ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings. Beijing and Manila have ex­pe­ri­enced a rap­proche­ment since Duterte’s elec­tion in May, de­spite their con­flict­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims to the South China Sea. Am­bas­sador Zhao Jian­hua, in re­marks late Mon­day, con­firmed China was ready to sup­ply the Philip­pines with weapons. “We’re ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of pro­vid­ing arms, light arms,” Zhao told re­porters. “Arms for fight­ing against ter­ror­ism, (for the) anti-drug cam­paign.”The am­bas­sador said talks were still in the ini­tial stages, ad­ding there was no agree­ment on price or the spe­cific type of weapons, though they would most likely be ri­fles. Since he took of­fice the crack­down has claimed over 5,000 lives. — Agen­cies

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