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Duterte and Abe come together to stand up to China

Beijing's expansionism has pushed Duterte closer into Japan's embrace

| Philippines
Duterte shakes hands with Abe on May 31: the ties are personal as well as political.    © Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte latest visit to Japan, his third in less than three years, highlights the recent deepening of a long-standing strategic partnership.

Bilateral relations have never been as good since the end of Second World War, amid a long-term convergence of strategic and economic interests between the two Asian countries.

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