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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s shift towards Beijing has allowed China to appear as a magnanimous power in the region while potentially making it harder for the US to stop nuclear-armed Chinese submarines breaking out into the Western Pacific in a crisis, analysts have warned.
In Beijing last week Mr Duterte said he was willing to align The Philippines more closely with China and Russia. He also indicated he would not pursue his nation’s territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.
Read full article Philippines’ China swing muddies the Western Pacific published in The Australian.