Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspokenness but analysts say his words do not set policy. Photo: AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspokenness but analysts say his words do not set policy. Photo: AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspokenness but analysts say his words do not set policy. Photo: AP

Rodrigo Duterte

Just empty talk? Philippines’ Duterte is playing China off against US on arms purchases, analysts say

Manila not brave or powerful enough, and existing treaty, lack of mutual trust and compatibility issues make option of buying Chinese arms ‘unrealistic’

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspokenness but analysts say his words do not set policy. Photo: AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspokenness but analysts say his words do not set policy. Photo: AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspokenness but analysts say his words do not set policy. Photo: AP
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