Observers say the Philippines is crucial to US plans to counterbalance China in the Indo-Pacific region. Photo: Shutterstock
Observers say the Philippines is crucial to US plans to counterbalance China in the Indo-Pacific region. Photo: Shutterstock

Can the US enlist the Philippines to help contain China in the Indo-Pacific?

  • Chinese coastguard law may give pro-US faction in Manila upper hand after President Rodrigo Duterte’s hostility to Washington
  • Observers say the Philippines is key to US plans for a strong regional counterbalance against Beijing’s influence

Observers say the Philippines is crucial to US plans to counterbalance China in the Indo-Pacific region. Photo: Shutterstock
Observers say the Philippines is crucial to US plans to counterbalance China in the Indo-Pacific region. Photo: Shutterstock
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