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China’s Xi Seeks Deeper Ties With Philippines Under Duterte

  • Chinese president seeks to put bilateral ties back on track
  • Duterte has adopted more conciliatory tone on sea dispute
China's President Xi Jinping.

China's President Xi Jinping.

Photographer: Pool/Getty Images

China wants to deepen relations with the Philippines under incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, as he sought to revive bilateral ties strained by rising tensions over conflicting claims in the South China Sea.

“A friendly, stable and sound China-Philippines relationship is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people,” Xi said in a congratulatory message to Duterte Monday after his victory in the May 9 election was officially confirmed. “We hope the two sides can work together to bring bilateral relations back on a healthy track.”