Japan: New $9 billion deal signed off by Abe and Duterte to assist Filipino infrastructure

A ¥1.01 trillion deal (US $9 billion) was signed by Japanese Prime Minister and Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to assist infrastructure projects in Philippines, in Tokyo on Monday. The two leaders, alongside officials, signed the documents during Duterte's official visit to Japan. The new deal covers various projects, such as subway system for Manila, energy projects, the war on terror... Еще and drug trafficking. The aid will also cover the reconstruction of Marawi City, which has been widely damaged in an armed conflict between Filipino government forces and militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) this year. Duterte landed in Tokyo on Sunday for an official three-day visit, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 11. The Filipino President is also expected to meet the Japanese Emperor Akihito. National security, China's growing power, the threat of North Korea's nuclear arsenal, and terrorism are among main topics for talks between the two countries.

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