US backs Rody effort to boost ties with China

October 16, 2016 9:15 AM

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US backs Rody effort to boost ties with China

WASHINGTON – The United States supports Philippine efforts to strengthen its ties with China and does not view President Duterte’s state visit to Beijing as a slight, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said yesterday.

“As to whether he’s pivoting east or west, I can’t speak to that. Certainly, it’s in the Philippines’ interest to have strong relations in the region, and as much as this is an effort in that direction, we would support it,” Toner said when asked how he viewed Duterte’s visit in China.

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