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The Wall Street Journal: Philippine leader Duterte regrets calling Obama a ‘son of a whore’

MANILA—An anti-American rant by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, which was later recanted, cast a shadow on Washington’s bid to bolster ties with Asian allies such as Manila to help offset China’s growing might.

U.S. President Barack Obama scrapped a planned meeting with Duterte in Laos on Tuesday after the outburst, sparking strains with one of Washington’s oldest Asian allies. Duterte later apologized. Still, the U.S.-Philippine tensions contrasted with Duterte’s apparent determination to improve tattered relations with China.

Obama scraps meeting after Duterte’s tirade

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President Barack Obama canceled a planned meeting with Rodrigo Duterte at a summit of Asian leaders in Laos after the Philippine president’s outburst.

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