Philippine Air Force pilots stand next to AgustaWestland AW109E helicopters in Manila.k Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco

Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to China continues to pay dividends, including modest ones, as this week saw another treaty ally donate to the Philippine military in an effort to counter Beijing’s influence.

Tokyo will give Manila thousands of helicopter parts in what could be the first in a series of similar deals, reports Retuers.

“This is a demonstration of the robust strategic partnership and cooperation of the two allies,” a senior Philippine Air Force commander told Reuters. The deal would deliver around 40,000 parts, according to the official.

The deal comes after the US donated two intelligence gathering planes last month, and South Korea gave an anti-submarine warship to the Philippines last April.