Duterte says upcoming Philippines war games with U.S. will be the last

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 10:30 AM

HANOI (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that an upcoming military joint exercise with the United States would be the last between them but he pledged to honor existing treaties.

Speaking in Hanoi to the Filipino community, Duterte said there would be no chance of joint navy patrols with Washington and that the notion that there was conflict between the Philippines and China was "more imaginary".

"I am serving notice to the United States that this will be the last military exercise," Duterte said referring to the next month's joint marine exercise with the U.S.

(Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by Angus MacSwan)