Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (right) made a high-profile visit to the Philippines earlier this month. Photo: EPA-EFE Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (right) made a high-profile visit to the Philippines earlier this month. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (right) made a high-profile visit to the Philippines earlier this month. Photo: EPA-EFE

US-China rivalry in the South China Sea has the Philippines at its core, observers say

  • Beijing and Washington know the value of Manila’s and its mercurial leader Rodrigo Duterte’s support, and they are willing to pay handsomely to get it
  • Despite the Philippines pivoting closer to China in recent years, its ties with long-standing ally America on security issues remain ‘resilient’, says analyst Richard Heydarian

Topic |   South China Sea
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (right) made a high-profile visit to the Philippines earlier this month. Photo: EPA-EFE Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (right) made a high-profile visit to the Philippines earlier this month. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (right) made a high-profile visit to the Philippines earlier this month. Photo: EPA-EFE
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