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President Duterte will allow joint military exercises with China and Russia

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is open to joint military exercise with China and Russia. Duterte made the remarks in an interview with Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television ahead of a 4-day visit to Beijing, which begins on Tuesday, aim a stronger ties with China.

Asked if he would consider joint military exercises with China or Russia, Duterte said: "Yes, I will. I have given enough time for the Americans to play with the Filipino soldiers."

President Duterte reiterated that he would no longer allow joint exercises with the United States, the Philippines main ally for decade.
 
Recently President Duterte said that these will be the last joint military exercises scheduled recently between the US and the Philippines during his speech with the Filipino community in Vietnam.

"I will serve notice to you now that this will be the last military exercise,” Mr. Duterte said to an audience of some 350 Filipinos in Hanoi, where he is on a two-day state visit to Vietnam. Still, the Philippine leader reaffirmed that his country’s cooperation with the U.S. stands.

 “I will maintain the military alliance—the RP-US pact, which our countries signed in the early 50s,” Mr. Duterte said.

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