Abe, Duterte hold talks on South China Sea

Abe, Duterte hold talks on South China Sea

After Manila, Abe will travel to southern Davao city, Duterte's hometown where Yasay said the president may host breakfast for the Japanese premier at his home.

An ethnic performance by local dancers welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who arrived at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City Thursday evening.

"We also showed him how the President enjoys the comfort of his own bed, including his old and favorite mosquito net", he said.

With the backdrop of family photos, cups hanging from kitchen cabinets and clusters of used beer and wine bottles, Abe ate Duterte's favourite breakfast in Davao City and was given a tour of his creaky, two-storey house, including a bedroom featuring the mosquito net he sleeps under on most weekends.

Abe also visited a former Japanese settlement in Mintal, known as "Little Tokyo", which was home to Japanese migrants who established abaca plantations in the district prior to World War II. Sure to strengthen the foundations of Abe's relationship with Duterte is that unlike United States and European leaders, he has refrained from criticizing Duterte's war on drugs that has so far seen about 6,000 people killed. Prime Minister Abe refuted those claims, stating that this is a global issue.

Abe, Duterte hold talks on South China Sea

While Japan's allies in the West ponder how to deal with the hot-headed new leader, Abe has formed a close bond with Duterte during the four times they have met.

Experts noted that while the West was finding it hard to deal with the Filipino leader, Abe's visit could change their view towards Manila.

The two leaders proceeded to the hotel/resort after the home visit where they allowed Japanese and Filipino businessmen to have a photo opportunity with them but they left immediately after.

In his two-day official visit, Abe earlier announced Japan will provide an aid package worth one trillion yen to the Philippines in investment and infrastructure development over the next five years. During the 30-minute meeting in a hotel, the Phiippine president declared his intention to maintain cooperation with the U.S., Japanese government sources said.

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