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The Future of Asia 2021

Duterte says Philippines won't take sides as US and China tussle

Malaysia's Mahathir weighs in on vaccines, Taiwan and aging gracefully

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a video address to Nikkei's Future of Asia conference on May 21. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said the Philippines will not take sides in the ongoing "big power competition" and urged large countries not to pursue dominance to the detriment of smaller ones.

Speaking on the second day of Nikkei's Future of Asia conference, held in Tokyo and online, Duterte also called for global cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, including equitable access to vaccines.

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