Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have found an unlikely ally in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

As Western nations back away from Duterte and his drug war, China steps up as key ally for Philippines

  • Beijing, sensing a strategic opening, has made inroads into building rapport with the Philippine domestic security forces that have carried out Duterte’s drug war, Richard Heydarian writes

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have found an unlikely ally in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
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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"