The Philippines will not renege on treaties and agreements with established allies even as it pulls away from dependence on the United States and the West, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Friday. Ernesto Abella said Duterte's announcement that Manila would "separate" from the United States was a "restatement of his position on charting an independent foreign policy". Duterte wanted to "separate the nation from dependence on the U.S. and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbors," like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement.
(Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has grown increasingly hostile toward his country's traditional ally the United States since taking office on June 30, while seeking to court U.S. rivals China and Russia. Officials in Washington have been largely taken by surprise by Duterte's near-daily barrages, and have sought to avoid provoking him. The following are key comments that Duterte has made about the bilateral relationship, and U.S. responses: PIVOT TO CHINA - On a state visit to China this week, Duterte told a forum of Chinese and Philippine business people he wanted his country to separate from the United States and realign with China.
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