Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during his visit to Moscow. Photo: AP

Courting Russia with South China Sea oil is a ‘dangerous gamble’ for Duterte

  • The Philippine president has invited the Russian oil giant Rosneft to explore for oil in the disputed waterway
  • Experts warn that could put the Philippines in the middle of a three-way tug of war between the US, China and Russia
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during his visit to Moscow. Photo: AP
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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
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Troops from the Philippine Marines and Armed Forces reservists conduct an amphibious landing exercise. Photo: EPA
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