MANILA Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feasted on bean soup and rice cakes during a common home of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, and sampled a practical vital of a flighty new crony who is jolt adult a standing quo in Asia.
With a backdrop of family photos, cups unresolved from kitchen cabinets and clusters of used drink and booze bottles, Abe ate Duterte’s favorite breakfast in Davao City and was given a debate of his creaky, two-storey house, including a bedroom featuring a butterfly net he sleeps underneath on many weekends.
Duterte’s elementary vital is partial of a man-of-the-people character that endeared him to a millions of Filipino electorate who in May adored an disintegrating city mayor over rich politicians on a mostly Manila-centric ballot.
Abe’s revisit comes as a Philippines edges closer to apropos a geostrategic battleground, with China charity billions in loans and investments, as Duterte opts to cater Beijing and equivocate severe a nautical claims while ramping adult feeling towards ancestral fan Washington.
While Japan’s allies in a West contemplate how to understanding with a rash new leader, Abe has shaped a tighten bond with Duterte during a 4 times they have met.
He is a initial conduct of state to revisit Duterte and arrived on Thursday charity a 1 trillion yen ($8.77 billion) assist and investment package directed during boosting a flagging infrastructure of one of a world’s fastest flourishing economies, in that Japan is a tip investor, donor and trade partner.
The dual leaders, both dressed in short-sleeve shirts, did not plead business on Friday and were photographed mostly eating internal delicacies.
Duterte’s tip aide, Christopher “Bong” Go posted images of their private breakfast assembly on his Facebook page.
“We also showed him how a President enjoys a comfort of his possess bed, including his aged and favorite butterfly net,” Go posted.
Abe also became a owners of a Philippine eagle, named “Sakura”, that is being treated during a internal reconstruction core after being shot and bleeding by hunters.
He didn’t get to accommodate Sakura personally, though was given a pressed eagle fondle instead, temperament a insignia engraved with “Sakura is adopted by Mr. Shinzo Abe”.
(Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by Michael Perry)
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