President Xi Jinping leads the way for his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, to a signing ceremony in Beijing on October 20. Photo: AP
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Duterte’s foul-mouthed rants mask the real issues, and reflect poorly on his nation

Philip Bowring says the Philippine president’s tough talk on the US and newfound pivot to China are likely to be short-lived, given his personal failings, and the fact that US ties are too deep to be upended by slights real or imagined

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President Xi Jinping leads the way for his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, to a signing ceremony in Beijing on October 20. Photo: AP
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