The Philippines could make alliances to Russia and China: the President

The Philippines could make alliances to Russia and China: the PresidentThe Philippines, a longtime U.S. ally, are seeking to build "many news alliances" and could turn to Russia and China for help, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday.

"By next year, I will have entered into so many new alliances," he said during a speech after inspecting an illegal amphetamine factory.

Duterte said he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and "open alliances" with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States.

Duterte said the Philippines was at the "point of no return" in relations with former colonial ruler the United States, so he wanted to strengthen ties with others, and picked two global powers that have been sparring with Washington on the international political stage.

He also said he would not allow his country's former colonial power, the United States, to "impose on us anything".

Though he said he wanted to be friends with China, he also said it was important it control the activity of drug criminals supplying narcotics to the Philippines.

"If you consider us your friend and want to help us, most of the materials are from China, what does that mean?" he said.
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