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China says Duterte visit restores trust

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China says Duterte visit restores trust

/ 12:54 PM October 18, 2016

BEIJING — China’s state news agency says this week’s visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over their South China Sea territorial dispute.

Xinhua said that Duterte’s arrival on Tuesday would be a step toward ending years of estrangement between the countries.

READ: Duterte: China visit ‘turning point’ in 2 countries’ histories

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Duterte has said he wants to reduce contacts with treaty ally the US in favor of closer ties with the rising Asian superpower.

Xinhua said Duterte’s visit shows the “bad blood between Beijing and Manila has finally begun to give place to good faith.”

It said a verdict issued by an international arbitration panel in the Netherlands that denied China’s claims in the South China Sea had no bearing in discussions between the sides./rga

READ: Duterte won’t bring up sea claim with China leader – Yasay

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