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Belt and Road

China stages comeback in Philippine telecoms and rail sectors

Xi Jinping's state visit opens door for Manila's participation in Belt and Road projects

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to the media before their one-on-one meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 20.   © Reuters

MANILA -- China is making a big comeback in important sectors in the Philippines including telecommunications and railway, following a series of deals that went wrong, thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte's Beijing-friendly foreign policy.

Marking the first state visit to the Philippines by a Chinese leader in 13 years on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping brought with him billions of funding contracts and investment pledges, giving him a fresh diplomatic edge in the country at the expense of the U.S. amid intensifying competition for regional supremacy between the world's two biggest powers. Just last month, the U.S. said key trade issues with the Philippines had been resolved, paving the way for talks on free trade.

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