The Latest: China says Duterte's visit restores trust
BEIJING – The Latest on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to China (all times local):
China's state news agency says this week's visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over their South China Sea territorial dispute.
Xinhua News Agency says Duterte's arrival on Tuesday will be a step toward ending years of estrangement between the countries.
Duterte has said he wants to reduce contacts with treaty ally the U.S. in favor of closer ties with China.
Xinhua said in a commentary Tuesday that Duterte's visit shows the "bad blood between Beijing and Manila has finally begun to give place to good faith."
It said a Hague-based international arbitration panel's July ruling that denied China's claims in the South China Sea had no bearing on discussions between the sides.