China backs Duterte’s policies

The Chinese government has expressed strong support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in wake of a report of alleged plot by former US ambassador Philip Goldberg to undermine and oust him from the presidency,The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press conference in Beijing on Thursday that China was confident on Duterte leadership and would continue to support his policies.

As a friendly neighbor to the Philippines, China supports President Duterte’s policies and stands ready to help the Philippines speed up development by deepening bilateral cooperation of mutual benefit, Hua was quoted to have said in an official transcript released by the foreign ministry.

We believe that President Duterte will lead the Philippines to achieve greater development and prosperity, said Hua.

In a statement to The Manila Times, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel described the report as false as he stressed that the US respects the sovereignty of the Philippines.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday cast doubt on the report, saying he did not even ask military intelligence to look into it.

Lorenzana said he had yet to talk to Duterte but relayed his views to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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