Duterte, a lawyer and politician by background, has so far proved adept in playing the US, China, Russia and Japan off against each other. So far he has visited the latter three countries during his presidency. In December 2016 Duterte was invited by Trump to visit the US.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte walked away from Monday’s meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s promise of funding for infrastructure projects, including rebuilding the city of Marawi, which was devastated by a military campaign against Islamist insurgents.
Abe also welcomed Duterte’s backing for putting pressure on North Korea to abandon its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, as well as a broader commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region.
“I confirmed with President Duterte that we are both maritime nations sharing basic values and strategic interests,” Abe said Monday during a joint announcement with Duterte.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Philippines (PH) is estimated to have a population of 103.3 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.6% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 8.5 million.