Duterte Looks for Export Boost in Talks With China’s Xi: Chart

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will look to bolster economic ties with China that lagged during the six-year term of his predecessor, Benigno Aquino, due to disputes over territory in the South China Sea. While the Philippines sent about $19 billion of exports, 25 percent of its total, to the mainland last year -- matching the combined value of shipments to the U.S. and Japan -- that remains below a 2007 peak reached under former president Gloria Arroyo. During the trip, Duterte will meet counterpart Xi Jinping and seek to sign business deals in energy, infrastructure, tourism and other sectors.

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