An activist outside the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila steps on a paper Chinese flag during a protest against the sinking of a fishing boat. Photo: EPA

When Xi meets Duterte: is the China-Philippines honeymoon over?

  • Philippine president has gone out of his way to improve relations with Beijing since his 2016 election
  • However, tensions in the South China Sea seem likely to cast a long shadow over his upcoming visit
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An activist outside the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila steps on a paper Chinese flag during a protest against the sinking of a fishing boat. Photo: EPA
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A call centre in Manila. Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

Why the Philippine economy is trading call centres for casinos

  • Business process outsourcing, a little known backbone of the country’s prosperity, is under threat from Chinese online gambling and efforts to spread the wealth outside big cities
  • The sector is propped up by an army of call centre workers capitalising on the Filipino knack for English, but some industry experts predict AI could bring all that to an end in as little as five years
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A call centre in Manila. Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
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