Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pauses to his pay respects to the Chinese and Philippine flags as he reviews troops with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) during a welcome ceremony at Malacanang Palace grounds in Manila on November 15, 2017. Duterte has fostered closer relations with China than his predecessor. Photo: AP

How the Philippines can play peacemaker in Asean while banking on goodwill with China

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is well placed to navigate his country’s new role as Asean-China coordinator, having bolstered ties with South China Sea littoral countries, including China, since he took office

Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pauses to his pay respects to the Chinese and Philippine flags as he reviews troops with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) during a welcome ceremony at Malacanang Palace grounds in Manila on November 15, 2017. Duterte has fostered closer relations with China than his predecessor. Photo: AP
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