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Another sign that the Philippines is cozying up to China

Another sign that the Philippines is cozying up to China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that he has decided to accept an arms deal being offered by China under concessional terms, in the latest sign of cozying relations between the once-hostile neighbors.

Duterte said in a speech before troops that he'll ask his defense secretary to send military officials to China to receive the firearms.

"China is pressing me on the firearms, which are already there. I'll accept them. They're rushing it," Duterte said.

"We don't need to ask from others because they're willing to give it," he said. "This isn't free, but it's actually a grant payable in 25...

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