Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping signs the guest book as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sarah look on at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20. Philippine domestic politics is increasingly racked by a polarising debate over its policy towards China, particularly its claims in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Mark J. Valencia
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Mark J. Valencia

Could the Philippines fall victim to a US-China proxy conflict?

  • Mark J. Valencia says with Beijing and Washington stepping up their struggle for influence in the region, a bitter debate on how Manila should respond is polarising the political classes and stirring up old rivalries

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Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping signs the guest book as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sarah look on at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20. Philippine domestic politics is increasingly racked by a polarising debate over its policy towards China, particularly its claims in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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