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Duterte: China no longer a communist country

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China’s ruling party may have communist leanings, but the communism no longer exists in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

In his speech before before members of the elite Army Special Forces unit at the wake of Capt. Clinton Capio Monday night (Jan. 16). Duterte mentioned China in the course of talking about his search for aid to improve soldiers’ welfare.

“I’ve been to China, I’ve been to… Huwag kayong maano diyan sa… Huwag kayong maniwala diyan sa komunista, komunista. Wala na ‘yan ngayon. Atin negosyo na lang,” he told the soldiers at the Libingan ng mga Bayani mortuary in Taguig City.

Duterte flew to China in October last year for a state visit. Funding deals worth $24 billion were signed during that trip.

Despite seeking closer ties with China, the President said he is not keen on bringing in foreign soldiers into the country.

“Ayokong makakita ng ibang sundalo. It’s not because I do not like the Americans but it’s because I do not like any foreign soldier,” he said.

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