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A consortium composed of five Chinese firms and four Filipino partner companies has submitted a master plan for rebuilding the conflict-torn city.The potential entry of Chinese firms in the massive rehabilitation of Marawi City is the latest major venture for China in the Philippines.The increasing presence of Chinese firms in the Philippines is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China in October 2017 . Since then, Chinese money and firms have poured into the country, vying to build infrastructure. Duterte reasons that he can do more for Filipinos – at least his own constituents – by welcoming Chinese investment to build infrastructure across the country. He has also concluded that it is not worth resisting China's claims to large parts of the South China Sea, notwithstanding a 2016 international court ruling rejecting those claims. He has said publicly that the Philippines is no match for China's military might.Chinese firms hire mostly Chinese workers.More generally, accepting Chinese money on Chinese terms fuels grievances against a type of economic imperialism with which the U.S. government and American companies operating across the developing world in the twentieth century are all too familiar.
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