Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been named “Person of the Year” by a Chinese magazine.

Yazhou Zhoukan, “the Time magazine of the Chinese-speaking world,” gave the award to Duterte after the Filipino leader’s “announcement of his independent foreign policy, his distancing away from the US, and forging closer ties with China,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

The article also praises Duterte’s good governance and anti-corruption campaign as the reason for his popularity among Filipinos.

Abella also said that Yazhou Zhoukan claims to be the only international affairs magazine in Chinese, and is being spread in major markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Source: ABS-CBN