Philippines wants trade, not war
PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte has abandoned his hard-line rhetoric over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea ahead of a visit to China this week.
In an interview with China's state news agency Xinhua, he said: "There is no sense in going to war.
"There is no sense fighting over a body of water.
"We want to talk about friendship, we want to talk about co-operation and most of all we want to talk about business.”
Only three months ago the Philippines won a legal victory in The Hague against China's claims in the South China Sea.