How tighter Philippines-US defence ties contradict Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly foreign policy

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“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity,” the Chinese ancient military strategist Sun Tzu remarked in his inimitable treatise, The Art of War.Since Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte came to power, he has overseen a remarkable improvement in the country’s bilateral diplomatic relations with China.And yet, the Philippine military, which still views China as a top security threat, has leveraged the chaos and rising tensions in the South China Sea as an opportunity to tighten defence…

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