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Philippines' Duterte says 'goodbye' to US ties in Beijing

AFP  |  Beijing 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was "time to say goodbye" to the US during a visit to today, as the combative leader reconfigures his country's diplomatic alliances.

Duterte is in for a four-day trip that is expected to confirm his tilt away from and towards Beijing's sphere of influence.

During a speech addressing the Filipino community in Beijing, the firebrand president said the had gained little from its long alliance with the US, its former colonial ruler.

"Your stay in my country was for your own benefit. So time to say goodbye, my friend," he said, as if addressing the US.

"I will not go to America anymore. I will just be insulted there," he added, before once again referring to US President as a "son of a whore".

Duterte, who took office in late June, said he was fed up with the Philippines' foreign policy being dictated by a Western agenda.

"What kept us from was not our own making. I will charter a new course," he said.

Foreign policy under Duterte has dramatically shifted from that pursued under predecessor Benigno Aquino, who took to an international tribunal over its extensive territorial claims in the South Sea and won a resounding victory.

The move infuriated But Duterte, who took office in June shortly before the tribunal ruling, has made a point of not flaunting the outcome.

He has also suspended joint US-Philippine patrols in the South Sea, and has threatened an end to joint military exercises.

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First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 23:28 IST