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International relations

China to fund $940m Philippine railway linking former US bases

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The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) sits along a pier in Subic Bay during a port visit. Subic Bay is the site of a former U.S. Navy base. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

MANILA -- The Philippines and China have sealed a deal for a $940 million freight railway project that will link two former U.S. military bases in the Philippines, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Saturday.

The railway represents the biggest Chinese government-funded project in the Philippines to date and underlines Beijing's growing role as Manila's infrastructure funder under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.

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