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China Telecom downplays Philippine entry as US pressure mounts

Country emerges as sanctuary for Chinese tech under Beijing-friendly Duterte

A consortium led by the parent of China Telecom has been granted a license to run the Philippines' third telecom network.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- China Telecom is portraying itself as simply a partner in a new venture in the Philippines, a market that has emerged as a sanctuary for Chinese tech companies facing a backlash from the U.S. and some of its allies.

The Chinese mobile carrier has teamed with local partners, which reportedly have a close relationship with President Rodrigo Duterte, in a challenge to the longtime duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom.

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