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The Philippines president just announced 'my separation' from the US in favor of China

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday that he's breaking from the United States, saying that he is strengthening ties with China and that America "lost."

"I announce my separation from the United States," said Duterte in Beijing, where he's meeting with business leaders and bureaucrats. "I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help, as you help us."

Duterte Announces 'Separation' From US

WATCH  | Duterte said he wants the Philippines to become more dependent on China.

China and the Philippines will sign $13.5 billion in deals this week. The two sides will also continue talks on their dispute over the South China Sea, officials also said Thursday.

Close historic ties, now frayed at the edges

America's ties with the Philippines have historically been very strong -- it's even been described as a "special relationship."

The United States "bought" the island nation after the Spanish-American war, fought against the occupying Japanese during WWII and granted independence in 1946.

The U.S. Navy still has a huge base in Subic Bay and has vowed to protect the Philippines from China's aggressive expansion.

So, what's got Duterte pissed at the US?

Earlier this year, Duterte called Barack Obama a "son of a whore" after the US president criticized his crackdown on drug addicts and pushers. Thousands have died since Duterte declared a war on drugs, including innocent victims and children. 

His reponse: "If it involves human rights, I don't give a shit."

Duterte has previously said the Philippines would stop joint military exercises with the United States.

What's next for the Philippines?

"China has been a friend of the Philippines and the roots of our bonds are very deep and not easily severed," he told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Duterte's grandfather reportedly came from China, and Chinese have emigrated to the Philippines for centuries.

"Even as we arrive in Beijing, close to winter, this is a springtime of our relationship," he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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