Philippines leader cozies up to Putin, Xi Jinping

After meeting his Russian and Chinese counterparts on the sidelines of the APEC summit, Duterte praised the leadership of Vladimir Putin and said the Philippines had long wanted to be “part of Europe.”

“But there was one thing that really stood before us, and that was the result of the Cold War,” he said.

Duterte added that the Philippines’ traditional identification with the “Western world” had loosened.

“It was good until it lasted. Of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations,” he said.

“They are into so much hypocrisy. They seem to start war but are afraid to go to war. That is what’s wrong with America and the others.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at APEC in Peru.

According to a statement from the Kremlin, Putin again congratulated Duterte on his election win and said the countries had managed to “build up trust” over their 40 years of diplomatic relations, which he referred to as a “very short…

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