FILE - In this Tuesday Oct. 4, 2016 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures with a firing stance as he announces issuing side arms to army troopers during his visit to its headquarters in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, Philippine President Duterte has stirred a hornet's nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead. In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country's 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia.
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Duterte: China vital for Philippine development
(Associated Press) - October 18, 2016 - 4:53pm

BEIJING — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told China's official news agency that China is his country's only hope for development.

Duterte said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that his visit to China beginning Tuesday points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

He said China is a potent source of capital for much-needed infrastructure development and that the Philippines should leverage its 2 million-strong ethnic Chinese minority as a bridge to encourage Chinese investment.

Duterte said in the interview that his own grandfather was Chinese, and that "It's only China (that) can help us."

He said that unlike the U.S. and other Western nations, China has offered its support for his 3-month-old government without criticism.

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