Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte share a toast during a state banquet in Manila during Xi’s November visit. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte share a toast during a state banquet in Manila during Xi’s November visit. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte share a toast during a state banquet in Manila during Xi’s November visit. Photo: AP
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Progress between China and the Philippines can’t guarantee peace in the South China Sea

  • Lucio Blanco Pitlo III says continued dialogue and forums for discussing South China Sea issues are certainly welcome, but Beijing and Manila still have competing interests, and US-China rivalry looks set to play out in these waters

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte share a toast during a state banquet in Manila during Xi’s November visit. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte share a toast during a state banquet in Manila during Xi’s November visit. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte share a toast during a state banquet in Manila during Xi’s November visit. Photo: AP
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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, fellow at the University of the Philippines Korea Research Centre, lecturer at the Chinese Studies Programme at Ateneo de Manila University, and contributing editor (Reviews) for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.