Manila says there is no 'pivot' to China

It is rebalancing of Philippines' ties with US, other allies: Minister

President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy is often mischaracterised as a "pivot" to China when it is more accurately a rebalancing of the country's ties with the United States and its other allies, the Philippines' top diplomat has said.

Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano said Manila's policy on the South China Sea, in particular, is still evolving, amid efforts to seek a correct balance between a principled nationalist stand and more pragmatic objectives.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2018, with the headline 'Manila says there is no 'pivot' to China'. Print Edition | Subscribe