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US-China tensions

Philippines pushes deals with Chinese company blacklisted by US

Manila says it is 'not a vassal state' and needs Chinese money for infrastructure

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacanang on Aug. 31. (Photo courtesy of the Presidential Communications Operations Office)

MANILA -- The Philippines will push ahead with infrastructure projects backed by Chinese companies that have been blacklisted by the U.S., President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Tuesday.

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