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Xi launches Philippine charm offensive as China looks to dislodge U.S. influence

Nov 20, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

HONG KONG - At an Asian summit last week, Vice President Pence and Chinese President Xi Jinping traded barbs and delivered dueling visions of an Asia-Pacific tilted toward one of two poles: the United States or China.

Hours later, the Chinese leader hit the road on a Southeast Asia charm offensive.

Xi swept into the Philippines on Tuesday as the first Chinese leader to make a state visit in 13 years. He laid a wreath at a monument to a Philippine nationalist martyr before signing do...