Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has outlined an intention to procure military equipment from Russia and China. His statement signals a shift away from the Philippines' traditional military dependency on the United States.
Speaking to senior Philippine military officials on 13 September, Duterte indicated that both Russia and China have offered flexible repayment on military procurement deals and that the senior Philippine officials would soon be dispatched to Moscow and Beijing to explore opportunities.
In a further shift away from the United States, Duterte also said the Philippines was prepared to scrap previously agreed joint patrols in the South China Sea with the US Navy.
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