Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
US-China tensions put Philippines in a tight spot on renewing Visiting Forces Agreement
- The strain on the Philippines from dealing with the two great powers jostling for geopolitical influence in Southeast Asia is becoming apparent
- Manila faces questions over whether any concessions it gets from the US are worth the added risk should US-China conflict break out
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.