Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP
Tim Collard
Opinion

Opinion

Tim Collard

As the South China Sea dispute heats up, China must not belittle Duterte’s hand of friendship

  • To peacefully coexist with its neighbours in Southeast Asia, China should not browbeat them into submission, even if it is in a position to do so. Snubbing the Philippine president’s friendly overtures would send the wrong message

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP
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Tim Collard

Tim Collard

Tim Collard spent 20 years in the British diplomatic service, half of them in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is now retired and works as a freelance academic and journalist on China-related issues, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Philippines.