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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, prior to a meeting in Beijing, October 2016. Unlike his predecessor, Duterte seems to be favouring China over the US. Image courtesy of the Philippine Government.

Fish and Ships – Diplomatic Theatre in the South China Sea

James Kingston
RUSI Newsbrief, 16 February 2017
China, United States, Maritime Forces
The Philippines' brash president, Rodrigo Duterte, is making overtures to China at the expense of a long-lasting alliance with the US. It remains to be seen whether Beijing will reciprocate given its own conflicts with Manila over fishing rights and freedom of navigation.

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