Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth state-of-the-nation address in Manila. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Defiant Rodrigo Duterte shrugs off Reed Bank incident to defend his China policy in speech

  • Philippine president’s state-of-the-nation address was ‘a calibrated defence of one of his most controversial policies’, Richard Heydarian writes

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth state-of-the-nation address in Manila. 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"