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Duterte Walks the Tightrope

Oct 27, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Philippines Economic Forum in Tokyo on Oct. 26
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech at the Philippines Economic Forum in Tokyo on Oct. 26. Duterte's visit to Japan, which began just days after the president returned from China, exemplifies his balanced foreign policy strategy.
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So far, the Philippine president's diplomatic agenda and unorthodox approach have enabled him to reap the benefits of multiple partnerships, but that freedom won't last forever. Duterte must find a way to build his partnerships with Beijing and Tokyo without alienating the support of either one, while also fending off China's maritime encroachment....

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