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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte wants neutral, independent foreign policy but ‘really loves China’

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Former president Rodrigo Duterte tells China’s Global Times that he “really love[s] China more than the Americans.”

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In the same interview with the Chinese Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, Duterte said he “want[ed} to be neutral” and “tried to craft an independent foreign policy, not really against America.”

May 13, 2024

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In an exclusive interview on China’s Global Times, former president Rodrigo Duterte said he “tried to craft an independent foreign policy” when he assumed office because he “want[ed] to be neutral.” But in the same interview on the Chinese Communist Party’s flagship newspaper on April 12, he declared: “I really love China more than the Americans.”

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