Duterte’s Pragmatism Has Philippines Tilting Away from US towards China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been alternating between lambasting the US and reiterating the historic close ties between the two countries. He has also vacillated with regards China, saying that all talks should be based on the international tribunal decision on the South China Sea but also repeatedly insisting that he wants a soft landing on the issue. Duterte is probably just being pragmatic, knowing that China would become more stubborn when confronted, while implying of unreliable US support, evidenced by outmoded equipment being provided…

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