When President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines announced a “separation from the United States” and a warming of Sino-Philippines relations during his state visit in China on October 20, disagreements over China’s activities in the South China Sea entered a new phase. The Filipino president himself seems ready to disregard the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling against China’s claim in South China Sea, including Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands.
Despite Duterte’s strong words during his China visit, it is not yet clear to what degree the Philippines will reorient its foreign policy to align itself closer with China, or how badly his rhetoric will damage the U.S.-Philippines alliance over the long term.
Read the full article on The Diplomat. This article was originally published on October 28, 2016.