US Marines and sailors conduct a raid at Basa Air Base, Pampanga province north of Manila in this file photo. The raid was executed with the assistance of the Philippine Air Force as part of annual bilateral training exercises. Photo: Associated Press US Marines and sailors conduct a raid at Basa Air Base, Pampanga province north of Manila in this file photo. The raid was executed with the assistance of the Philippine Air Force as part of annual bilateral training exercises. Photo: Associated Press
US Marines and sailors conduct a raid at Basa Air Base, Pampanga province north of Manila in this file photo. The raid was executed with the assistance of the Philippine Air Force as part of annual bilateral training exercises. Photo: Associated Press
Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte put his foreign policy stamp on his first year by obtaining dual defence support from China, US

Richard Heydarian says that in exchange for Beijing’s assistance, the brash Philippine president has continued to downplay the South China Sea disputes

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US Marines and sailors conduct a raid at Basa Air Base, Pampanga province north of Manila in this file photo. The raid was executed with the assistance of the Philippine Air Force as part of annual bilateral training exercises. Photo: Associated Press US Marines and sailors conduct a raid at Basa Air Base, Pampanga province north of Manila in this file photo. The raid was executed with the assistance of the Philippine Air Force as part of annual bilateral training exercises. Photo: Associated Press
US Marines and sailors conduct a raid at Basa Air Base, Pampanga province north of Manila in this file photo. The raid was executed with the assistance of the Philippine Air Force as part of annual bilateral training exercises. Photo: Associated Press
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