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Duterte's 'about-face' unsettles Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, met with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing on Oct. 20.

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer

One may think the Chinese president will be feeling more than a little triumphant after the Philippine president declared a "separation" from the U.S. during his recent visit to Beijing. But Duterte's comments after he returned to Manila may have left doubts in Xi's mind.

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