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Philippines to split from USA






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The Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte said his country will move away from the USA and work with China. Mr Duterte might also get closer to Russia. He said: "Maybe I will…talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world - China, the Philippines and Russia." Duterte said he would end military and economic agreements with the USA. He told the USA: "Your stay in my country was for your own benefit. So it is time to say goodbye."

Things could now change in Asia. China will be stronger and the USA will be weaker. The USA may have to leave its military bases in the Philippines. This would be a big problem for the USA. A US spokesman said it could change its whole approach to the region. The US and the Philippines were close partners for 65 years. The Russian newspaper 'Russia Today' wrote about the change. It said China has just turned an old rival into a friend.

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