A woman walks across the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati City, the Philippines, on July 29. Photo: Xinhua
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Caught in US-China rivalry, Duterte keeps deft balance with eye on 2022 Philippine election
The Philippine president wants to project his difficult balancing act as a demonstration of his independent foreign policy. Whether he endorses a successor or runs as vice-president next year, such a posture is vital in securing the country’s autonomy
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.