Politics | Abe toasts Duterte in bid to counter China's advances

Abe toasts Duterte in bid to counter China’s advances

Japanese Prime Minister's overtures to the Philippine strongman underline that Manila is now in the middle of a bidding war for influence

January 16, 2017 1:45 PM (UTC+8)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) walks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (right)  in Davao City on January 13, 2017.  Photo: AFP / Ted Aljibe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) walks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (right) in Davao City on January 13, 2017. Photo: AFP / Ted Aljibe
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