Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters

Will backlash force Duterte to retreat from South China Sea oil exploration deal with Beijing?

  • The Philippine leader is willing to ‘ignore’ a decision on sovereignty claims by an international tribunal at The Hague so he can strike a deal with China to jointly extract resources
  • But in the face of a public backlash, his spokesman has now denied the president plans to ‘set aside’ the UN ruling
Topic |   South China Sea

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing at the end of August. Photo: Xinhua

Duterte’s South China Sea U-turn: illegal climbdown, or clever gambit for oil?

  • Philippine president says he will ignore an international court’s ruling and plough ahead with joint oil and gas exploration with Beijing in the South China Sea
  • Experts say he’s either breached the constitution, or made a very smart move
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing at the end of August. Photo: Xinhua
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