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Rodrigo Duterte turns down US visit; trip to Russia remains unchanged

Duterte is said to have pursued closer relations with the Chinese govt despite territorial disputes

AFP | PTI  |  Davao 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he may turn down an invitation by Donald Trump to visit the United States, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to his hometown. Duterte, who has loosened the Philippines' long alliance with the United States while strengthening ties with China and Russia, said he could not commit to the American president because of a busy schedule that included a trip to Moscow. "I am tied up. I cannot make any definite promise. I am supposed to go to Russia, I am supposed to go to Israel," he told reporters when asked ...

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First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 20:46 IST
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