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Philippines says will not stop projects with China firms blacklisted by US

The Philippines will not halt infrastructure projects involving Chinese firms blacklisted by ally — the United States — and will make its own decisions, not those of a foreign power, the president's spokesman said today.

President Rodrigo Duterte will not follow Washington's move to sanction Chinese firms involved in building and militarising artificial South China Sea islands because infrastructure was a national priority, his spokesman Harry Roque said.

"We are not a vassal state of any foreign power and we will pursue our national interest," Roque told a regular news conference.

"Our national interest is to ensure flagship projects are completed."

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