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Kerry talks with new Philippine president critical of US

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila,pool)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila,pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, gestures as he talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, gestures as he talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

America's top diplomat has shared a working lunch with the new Philippine president, who has criticized U.S. security policies and publicly made friendly overtures to China.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella says President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed a range of issues Wednesday, including the South China Sea disputes, climate change and personal interests like motorcycles and hunting.

Abella says Kerry offered $32 million in aid for law enforcement training.

Duterte has said he would chart a foreign policy independent of the U.S., the country's treaty ally. In contrast, Duterte has praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a "great president" and said in the campaign he will "shut up" on the South China Sea issue if Beijing will finance railway and other infrastructure projects.