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PH, China eye joint military drills to combat terrorism

02 July 2017

Duterte said that the military assistance is one of the defense cooperation matters he discussed with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping in his visit to China in October previous year.

The donation is not big, but it is big in the sense that it marks a new era of relations between our two militaries, and it comes at the right time.

He added: "The Chinese government and the Chinese military forces will continue to fully support your fight against terrorism and we're looking forward to enhancement of cooperation in the areas of fighting terrorism".

TO support the Philippine government's efforts in flushing out Islamic State (IS) militants in Marawi City, China has donated around 3,000 rifles and 6 million pieces of ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). In response, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern portion of the country. Most of Marawi's 200,000 residents have fled and much of the city is in ruins.

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Mr. Zhao also announced a P5-million donation to the families of the soldiers killed and wounded in the Marawi clash.

Huang, a Chinese real-estate billionaire, has donated P1.4 billion for the construction of the 100-square-meter mega drug treatment and rehabilitation center at a military camp in Laur, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila.

He expressed gratitude for the "friendly" and "cooperative" policies of the Duterte administration towards China. "You know the Philippines and China have already established a bilateral channel between the two ministries of (foreign) affairs to talk about these South China Sea-related issues and that channel have already been opened".

The Philippines and China have signed a total of 22 economic agreements in the last six months, which is expected to help the Southeast Asian country become the latter's largest trading partner of this year.

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Now, he said, they realized: "Outside, this Maute was bringing the firearms surreptitiously and we (on our side) did not get as much ammo as the Maute group".

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

He added that on his second trip to China, Mr. Duterte told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he would need new rifles "in the coming days". "And I was glad when I was informed a few weeks ago that it was on its way here".

President Rodrigo Roa Dutete meets with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at at the Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2016.

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PH, China eye joint military drills to combat terrorism