>> Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says Beijing and Moscow have his back. The controversial leader announcing on Sunday that US rivals China and Russia are showing support for his increasingly fiery anti-US outburst. He says he met with Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of a summit last month, telling the Russian Prime Minister that the US was disrespecting him.
According to Duterte, Medvedev promised help, saying, quote, that's how the American's really are. Duterte also says that a Chinese official told him that Manilla would not benefit from siding with its old ally Washington. The Philippines leader has repeatedly stated he wants to move closer to Russia and China, testing an old military alliance after US criticism of his deadly war on drugs.
He also says he plans to review a landmark security deal signed by President Obama two years ago giving the US access to military bases in the Philippines. That's prompted confusion from the Pentagon. Washington saying a meeting between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Philippines Defense Minister last week seemed positive.
If the deal were to be scrapped, it would be a huge setback for a America's military presence in Asia, and no doubt a major boost for Duterte's newfound friend, China.>>