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US human rights bill risks pushing Duterte closer to China

New legislation in Congress aims to cut aid to Philippine security forces

President Duterte could seek even closer ties with Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, if the Philippine Human Rights Act was passed in the U.S.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- A new bill introduced in the U.S. Congress aims to suspend American aid to Philippine security forces unless Manila commits to human rights reforms.

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