Southeast Asia | The Philippine president hasn’t officially cut ties yet
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 10/21/16, 12:25 pm
As America fixated on the raucous presidential debate Wednesday, it seemed to lose one of its closest Asian allies on the other side of the globe. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his country’s economic and military “separation” from the United States and its embrace of once-enemy China.
“There are three of us against the world—China, Philippines, and Russia,” Duterte said in a speech during his four-day state trip to Beijing. “It’s the only way.” The audience of government officials and Chinese businessmen cheered at Duterte’s anti-U.S. rhetoric.