Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has fast-tracked big-ticket Chinese projects. Photo: AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has fast-tracked big-ticket Chinese projects. Photo: AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has fast-tracked big-ticket Chinese projects. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Scepticism rises in Philippines about Chinese projects and Duterte’s support of them

  • Concerns are growing, especially within the military, that large-scale Chinese investment is a Trojan horse
  • Over the past year, several top Philippine officials have publicly complained about the backlog in promised Chinese projects

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has fast-tracked big-ticket Chinese projects. Photo: AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has fast-tracked big-ticket Chinese projects. Photo: AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has fast-tracked big-ticket Chinese projects. Photo: AP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is Asia-based academic, currently a Professorial Chairholder in Geopolitics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and author of, among others, “The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery”.