Philippine, Japanese frontrunners close military, economic agreements

The leaders of Japan and the Philippines closed deals to join forces in promoting regional peace and stability and authorized Japan’s assistance to improve Philippine Maritime security, forgetting their alliances with the US whose relationship with Manila has rapidly become in tension in Tokyo, Japan, October 26.
President Rodrigo Duterte quoted he expected Japan to keep its important role in maritime security in the region, including the South China Sea, where Manila has territorial disputes with Beijing. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thought the disputes shake entire region and that he applauded Duterte’s recent efforts to improve ties with China.
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Both countries signed deals on provision of two coast guard boats and T-90 military trainer aircraft to upgrade Philippine maritime security as well as support to infrastructure and agricultural promotion projects in the Philippines to boost economic development.

Duterte said on Wednesday that possibly in two years, he wishes his country to be free of foreign troops, “I want them out,” he emphasized.
“I want to be friends to China. I do not need arms. I do not want missiles established in my country. I do not need to have the airports to host bombers,” he announced to a stakeholder of business people in Tokyo.
Since June 30, Duterte reached out to Beijing while condemning US foreign policy. His approach caused dismay to the US and Japan.
Source: Inquirer