PH to enhance diplomatic ties with Russia - Duterte

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Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying also sought to make light of the Philippine President's comments, noting that Mr Duterte and Mr Xi had agreed to "strengthen communication" on important bilateral issues.

Duterte told local media that in his stay here he would address his counterpart Vladimir Putin the ways to achieve a balance between Philippine imports and exports to Russian Federation, as the latter are much smaller, he said.

The forum will also present the country's economic growth plans and strategies under the so-called "Dutertenomics".

Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the invitation on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Peru last November, according to Maria Natividad, Philippines' assistant secretary for foreign affairs. "I've never seen anything like they are but we don't have to use this but he could be insane so we will see what happens".

From the DTI side, Lopez said they are signing two documents. "We are in contact with the government on how best to work on our development assistance".

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"My visit underscores the independence of the Philippines" foreign policy and the firm resolve to broaden the horizons of friendship and cooperation with other nations, ' he said. "I do not want to do it", Duterte said in a speech last Friday in Davao, according to Rappler.

However Duterte, who has caused controversy with a war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, has repeatedly threatened throughout his presidency that he is willing to ignore the constitution if he needs to enforce martial law.

The Philippines and Russian Federation established diplomatic ties 41 years ago but, until Duterte took office, relations remained relatively low key.

"I hope China solves the problem".

But so far, Duterte has not made good on threats to cancel treaties with the United States which have permitted USA military bases and forces to be located within the country.

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Duterte responded by saying drugs are the "scourge of my nation now and I have to do something to preserve the Filipino nation".

"Overdependence on traditional partners has limited our room to maneuver in a very dynamic, global arena", he said. Last year Duterte lashed out at former US President Barack Obama amid reports the US was canceling an arms deal over alleged human rights abuses. "I am determined to correct this", he added.

Police have reported killing about 2,700 people since Duterte took office at the end of June and immediately launched his war on drugs. "Unfortunately, I must go there now", he said at the start of the meeting. And I said that since Russian Federation is brighter than America, I'll go to Russian Federation.

Both leaders ended the call and later, the White House stated Trump enjoyed the conversation and extended Duterte an invite to join him in Washington.

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