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China Turns to Ex-President Duterte to Try and Salvage Ties With the Philippines

Former Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte met with Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday to discuss how to repair the two countries' deterioirating relations. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese President Xi Jinping turned to an old friend this week in an effort to repair badly-damaged ties with the Philippines.

Xi met with former president Rodrigo Duterte at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday in what appeared to be an effort to encourage the controversial ex-leader to “play an important role” in mending relations between the two countries.

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