Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates desire to end military relations with the U.S. during a visit in Japan. Natural Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave his assurances to Japan on Tuesday (October 26) that his high-profile visit to rival power China last week was all about economics, but again suggested defense ties with longtime ally Washington may be overhauled. "You know, I went to China for a visit and I would like to assure you that all there was, was economics. We did not talk about arms, we didn't talk about stationing of troops, we do not, avoided talking about alliances, military or otherwise," he told Japanese businessmen. Duterte's visit to Japan comes amid jitters about his foreign policy objectives after weeks of verbal attacks on ally the United States and overtures towards China. "I have declared that I will pursue an independent foreign policy. I want maybe in the next two years my country free of the presence of foreign military troops, I want them out, and if I have to revise or abrogate agreements, executive agreements, I will. This will be the last manoeuvre, war games between the United States and the Philippines military," he added Last week Duterte announced in China his "separation" from the United States, before assuring that ties were not being severed and he was merely pursuing an independent foreign policy.