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Duterte's dilemma as the new Asean-China bridge

Three years into Mr Rodrigo Duterte's presidency, the Philippines is still internally divided on how to manage its relations with China.

The controversial President has expressed his preference for warmer ties with the Asian powerhouse, but many in the defence establishment and broader civil society remain sceptical of a rapprochement with Beijing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2018, with the headline 'Duterte's dilemma as the new Asean-China bridge'. Print Edition | Subscribe