Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo today and secured support for infrastructure development in Manila.
The meeting followed a trip to China, where Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral talks. During that trip, the Philippines secured $24 billion in credits and investments, including $15 billion in project commitments.
At an economic forum just prior to the meeting with Abe, Duterte stated: "I went to China for a visit and I would like to assure you that all there was was economics."
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