Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been adamant in pursuing warmer ties with China. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

How Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s stubborn pivot to China could cost him political capital at home

  • Richard Heydarian writes that Filipinos are asking: Is China a ‘friend’ of the Philippines or only Duterte?

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been adamant in pursuing warmer ties with China. Photo: AP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"