The goal for many nations is to maximise the economic benefit of China’s rise while retaining the benefits of US security protection. But the balancing act required to reach this goal is becoming more like a tightrope walk. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Amid China-US rivalry, Asean finds a role model in Duterte’s Philippines

Mark J. Valencia says the Philippine leader, whether intentionally or not, has apparently succeeded in doing what most nations in the region must do – maintain its relations with both Beijing and Washington to its own benefit, but without angering either

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The goal for many nations is to maximise the economic benefit of China’s rise while retaining the benefits of US security protection. But the balancing act required to reach this goal is becoming more like a tightrope walk. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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