The Latest: Philippine leader lambastes US, others in West

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The latest on the summit of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru (all times local):

8 p.m.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lambasted the United States and other Western nations as bullies and hypocrites, while he praised Russia as a "great country" in his first meeting with his acknowledged idol, Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Talking on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Peru, Duterte also gave Putin a scathing review of America's military endeavors in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Korean peninsula. He said the United States has given unequal treatment of the Philippines as a treaty ally and added that his country wants to engage more with Europe.

Duterte told Putin that he previously has been identified with the Western world. But, he added: "Of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations. And not only that, they are into so much hypocrisy."

An obviously elated Putin congratulated Duterte. He called the May 9 election that Duterte won "indeed a very bright day," noting it came on the Russian holiday marking victory over Nazi Germany.

Putin said the Philippine leader has done much quickly in "developing the all-round partnership between our countries and with respect to promoting greater trust and confidence between us."


6:50 p.m.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised his Chinese counterpart that he will align his foreign policy toward China-led Asian economic development, further reinforcing his shift toward China amid his hostile stance toward the U.S.

Duterte met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the Peruvian capital of Lima. He also talked to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whom he has called his political idol.

Duterte first met Xi in a state visit to Beijing last month, where their governments forged mostly trade and economic accords. They also discussed longstanding territorial disputes in the South China Sea. After his China trip, Filipinos were allowed back to fish in the disputed Scarborough Shoal, which Chinese coast guard vessels have guarded since seizing the rich fishing area in 2012.

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