Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPATroops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA
Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA

Why don’t Manila and Beijing have closer military ties, despite Duterte’s ‘pivot to China’?

  • China has attempted to entice the Philippines into closer security ties since Duterte became president in 2016
  • But stand-offs over the South China Sea and a defence treaty with the US are among the reasons the Philippine army has carefully ignored its overtures

Topic |   The Philippines
Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPATroops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA
Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA
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