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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