American aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan and assault ships in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

US-China rivalry: forcing nations to choose sides is ‘dangerous game’, Philippine foreign minister says

  • Top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jnr says the Philippines risks becoming ‘everyone’s enemy’ if it does not pursue a ‘true independent foreign policy’
  • Manila is anxious over whether Washington has the will to uphold its security commitments to its Southeast Asian ally, Locsin says
Topic |   The Philippines

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American aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan and assault ships in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have found an unlikely ally in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
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Richard Heydarian

As Western nations back away from Duterte and his drug war, China steps up as key ally for Philippines

  • Beijing, sensing a strategic opening, has made inroads into building rapport with the Philippine domestic security forces that have carried out Duterte’s drug war, Richard Heydarian writes

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have found an unlikely ally in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo
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