Behind Philippines’ ties with China, a billionaire and his rehab centers
At the end of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s landmark visit to China last month, he held a brief private meeting with a businessman who may have played a crucial role in improving ties between the two nations.
Huang Rulun, a rags-to-riches Chinese billionaire funding two huge drug rehabilitation centers in the Philippines, has been held up by Duterte as a symbol of the relationship between the two nations.
Born to a poor family in coastal Fujian province, Huang was a small-time businessman in the Philippines in the 1980s. He spent five years in Manila’s Chinatown district, Binondo, before returning home to found a construction company, Century Golden Resources Group, according to the company’s web site.
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