Filipino law enforcer Willam Cristobel is hit by a taho pudding thrown by Chinese student Zhang Jiale. Photo: guancha.cn
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

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Asian Angle by Richard Heydarian

Taho-gate has stained Duterte’s Philippines-China love affair

  • The humiliation of a Filipino law enforcer at the hands of a Chinese student is about more than a flying sweet pudding
  • It symbolises how a once strong relationship between two countries is turning increasingly sour

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Filipino law enforcer Willam Cristobel is hit by a taho pudding thrown by Chinese student Zhang Jiale. Photo: guancha.cn
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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"