Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte receives a courtesy call from US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29. Photo: Chad J. Mcneeley / US Secretary of Defence / dpa Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte receives a courtesy call from US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29. Photo: Chad J. Mcneeley / US Secretary of Defence / dpa
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte receives a courtesy call from US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29. Photo: Chad J. Mcneeley / US Secretary of Defence / dpa
Douglas H. Paal
Opinion

Opinion

Douglas H. Paal

Austin’s Southeast Asian tour shows a better way for the US to counter China

  • After over a decade of neglect, US defence secretary Lloyd Austin struck the right note in promoting relations with Southeast Asia for their own sake, rather than denouncing China at every turn

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte receives a courtesy call from US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29. Photo: Chad J. Mcneeley / US Secretary of Defence / dpa Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte receives a courtesy call from US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29. Photo: Chad J. Mcneeley / US Secretary of Defence / dpa
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte receives a courtesy call from US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29. Photo: Chad J. Mcneeley / US Secretary of Defence / dpa
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