Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr is pictured in front of Philippine and Chinese flags after talks in Beijing. Manila is balancing its interests as it reconsiders its position on the Aukus alliance. Photo: Reuters
Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr is pictured in front of Philippine and Chinese flags after talks in Beijing. Manila is balancing its interests as it reconsiders its position on the Aukus alliance. Photo: Reuters
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Is the Philippines rethinking its initial Aukus support?

  • Although it was one of the first Southeast Asian countries to support the security deal between Australia, the UK and US, there may be a reset
  • Manila is in a tight spot, balancing its treaty alliance with the US, Asean concerns about a regional arms race, and maintaining its relations with China

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr is pictured in front of Philippine and Chinese flags after talks in Beijing. Manila is balancing its interests as it reconsiders its position on the Aukus alliance. Photo: Reuters
Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr is pictured in front of Philippine and Chinese flags after talks in Beijing. Manila is balancing its interests as it reconsiders its position on the Aukus alliance. Photo: Reuters
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