Date
29 March 2017
Rodrigo Duterte won't reveal the nature of his complaints against Washington but says both China and Russia support him. Photo: Reuters
Rodrigo Duterte won't reveal the nature of his complaints against Washington but says both China and Russia support him. Photo: Reuters

Duterte: China, Russia supportive of complaints against US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he received support from Russia and China when he complained to them about the United States.

The remarks could test his increasingly fragile alliance with Washington, according to Reuters.

Duterte said that during a meeting on the sidelines of a leaders’ summit in Laos last month, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed with him when he railed against the United States.

“I met with Medvedev, I am revealing it to you now. I told him this is the situation, they are giving me a hard time, they are disrespecting me, they are shameless,” Duterte said in a speech.

“He said ‘that is really how the Americans are’, he said ‘we will help you’.”

Duterte gave no further details about the nature of his complaints.

His ire toward the United States has intensified since US President Barack Obama said he would raise concerns about his deadly war on drugs.

The White House canceled a meeting between them in Laos after Duterte had called Obama a “son of a bitch”.

Duterte said on Sunday he had raised objections about the United States to China also.

“China said ‘side with us, you won’t benefit’,” Duterte said. It was not immediately clear which Chinese official he was quoting and when the remark was made.

Duterte has said repeatedly during recent, frequent speeches that he planned to open new alliances with Russia and China, particularly for trade and commerce, as part of his pursuit of an independent foreign policy.

Several commercial and diplomatic sources have confirmed to Reuters that a Philippine business delegation will accompany Duterte on a visit to Beijing from Oct. 19-21.

In another swipe at Washington, the firebrand leader said he would review a landmark security deal agreed with the United States, arguing it may not be legally binding because no president had signed off on it.

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