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With its eye on China, Japan pledges $9 billion in Philippine aid

Funds will help rebuild battle-torn south and improve infrastructure nationwide

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, welcomes Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Tokyo on Oct. 30. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has pledged to deliver nearly $9 billion in aid to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to rebuild battle-damaged areas of Mindanao island and improve infrastructure throughout the country.

Abe and Duterte signed a joint statement on Oct. 30 agreeing to a public- and private-sector contribution worth a total of 1 trillion yen ($8.78 billion) for the rapidly growing Southeast Asian country of over 7,000 islands.

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