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US-China showdown heads to Philippines after clash at APEC

Xi to bring billions worth of deals to Manila as Duterte also woos Washington

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in 2017. Xi is expected to bring Belt and Road investment gifts to Manila this week.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The deepening U.S.-China rivalry, which last week dominated two regional summits, now moves to the Philippines, where Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to make a state visit on Tuesday.

Bloodied by diplomatic sparring with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during APEC meetings in the Papua New Guinean capital over the weekend, Xi is set to flex China's muscle in Manila, becoming the first Chinese leader to make a state visit there in 13 years.

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