Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, inspect an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Nov. 20, 2018. The Philippines has been waiting eagerly for Chinese investment, but the country's internal issues have so far prevented the plans from coming to fruition.
Since 2016, conciliation with China has been the name of the game for Philippine foreign policy planners. Under President Rodrigo Duterte, Manila has de-emphasized thorny South China Sea disputes in favor of pursuing cooperation with China in the hopes of freeing up resources to quell internal instability while attracting Chinese...
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