U.S., Philippines ties back on track as Trump, Duterte make up and bond

14 November 2017, 10:10 am yahoo.com

U.S., Philippines ties back on track as Trump, Duterte make up and bond

U.S., Philippines ties back on track as Trump, Duterte make up and bondBy Martin Petty MANILA (Reuters) - Mutual praise, warm handshakes and even an impromptu love song at a lavish dinner suggest U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte want a fresh start after the biggest breakdown in U.S.-Philippine ties in years. It came a little over a year after Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States and sought new alliances with China and Russia. Angered by Barack Obama's criticism of his war on drugs, he told the then-U.S. president to "go to hell", shocking American businesses and a Philippine military heavily reliant on the help of the Pentagon.


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