US Marines on a joint exercise with Filipino troops in Zambales province, Philippines. Photo: Reuters
US Marines on a joint exercise with Filipino troops in Zambales province, Philippines. Photo: Reuters

US military, China’s economy: Philippines plays it both ways with Duterte’s VFA U-turn

  • After years of anti-American vitriol and repeated threats to scrap a deal that allows US troops to operate in the country, the Philippine leader has seemingly turned on a dime
  • Washington may think he’s ‘full of hot air’, but analysts see a deeper game as Manila balances its security needs in the South China Sea with its post-pandemic economic interests

US Marines on a joint exercise with Filipino troops in Zambales province, Philippines. Photo: Reuters
US Marines on a joint exercise with Filipino troops in Zambales province, Philippines. Photo: Reuters
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