>> Rodrigo Duterte in Japan to keep things cool with an old ally. A high profile visit on the heels of a trip to rival China. On Wednesday trying to soothe the fears of a military pivot to Beijing. Saying talks simply centered on the economy.>> 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.>> But he did have some harsh words for another long-time ally, Washington. Threatening to end defense treaties, both Japan and United states are worried that under Duterte the Philippines commitment to stand up to China in the South China Sea is under threat.
However, the president re-assured Tokyo that despite all of his tough talk for the US he wouldn't turn his back on Japan.>> But I give you my word today. That we will not abandon Japan in our partnership and security matters.>> In a pattern that's now becoming familiar, his foreign minister Perfecto Yasay trying to parse the president's words in front of the press, saying the Philippines will respect treaties as long as it's in Manila's interest.