Philippine leader to visit China, Japan next month

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is planning visits to China and Japan next month as part of his administration's efforts to pursue an independent foreign policy.

The Manila Bulletin reported Saturday that Duterte said he expects to visit China more frequently with the aim of both resolving disputes over parts of the South China Sea - which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea - and improving trade relations.

"You will see me more often in China," he underlined during a visit to southern Misamis Oriental province Thursday. "One of the things that I would demand if I go to the mainland China is give us back our fishing rights. That's one."

Source: Pakistan Observer