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After weeks of anti-U.S. rhetoric that included denunciations of President Obama, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced "I have separated from them," using his remarks during a state visit to China to seek closer ties with that country.
"I announce my separation from the United States both in the military but economics also. So please you have another problem of economics in my country," Duterte said in Beijing, according to the Philippines' GMA News. The agency quotes Duterte adding, "I have separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time but don't worry we will also help."
Since World War II, the U.S. has been the Philippines' closest ally. But Duterte promised a dramatic shift in the relationship this week, during remarks to the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum.
"I realign myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin. There are three of us against the world. China, Philippines, Russia," Duterte said, according to the Manila Standard.