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Op-Ed: How tighter Philippines-US defense ties contradict Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly foreign policy | South China Morning Post
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Op-Ed: How tighter Philippines-US defense ties contradict Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly foreign policy | South China Morning Post

Richard Heydarian discusses the current tension between the Philippines and China despite recent improved diplomatic relations. Due to the nation seeing China as a top threat, there have been an unprecedented amount of joint military exercises between the Philippines and the US this year. While the Philippines will not sign any agreements with China, it is betting on its relationship with the US to fight back against Beijing. For a detailed description of the history between China and the Philippines, and how ties with the US will help combat threats, read Heydarian’s full report below.

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3033268/how-tighter-philippines-us-defence-ties-contradict-rodrigo

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