The US guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts operations on April 28, 2020 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFPThe US guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts operations on April 28, 2020 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
The US guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts operations on April 28, 2020 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

Rodrigo Duterte’s U-turn on VFA was motivated by South China Sea tensions, says Philippines foreign secretary

  • In a wide-ranging television interview, Teodoro Locsin Jnr also discussed China’s occupation of the Scarborough Shoal and US freedom of navigation
  • He went on to defend Duterte from allegations he had sought to appease China, although he admitted joint gas and oil projects had stalled
Topic |   The Philippines
The US guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts operations on April 28, 2020 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFPThe US guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts operations on April 28, 2020 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
The US guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts operations on April 28, 2020 in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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