China’s Xi visits Philippines to deepen ties with US ally

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Xi visited the Philippines for the first time to deepen ties with America’s ally. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese President Xi Jinping received a red-carpet welcome in the Philippines on Tuesday, as he paid his first visit to the U.S. treaty ally with offers of infrastructure loans and new accords to prevent clashes and possibly explore for oil and gas in the disputed South China Sea.