Power Play

High stakes for US, China as post-Duterte chess moves get under way

The Philippines 2022 elections offer Washington and Beijing an opportunity for a reset that will fit into their agenda for the region.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) still holds the cards, with his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio favoured to win if the elections slated for May 9 next year were held today.PHOTO: REUTERS

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

The United States and China are quietly playing the board, as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte winds down his tumultuous six-year reign, and political houses here begin moving pieces to get a shot at his throne.

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