Philippine President Duterte’s China pivot hasn’t reduced tensions in the South China Sea

Philippine President Duterte’s China pivot hasn’t reduced tensions in the South China Sea

December 27, 2021 Randy Lanz 0

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China.Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty ImagesMore than five years on, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly postures have not tamed China’s assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea — and the next Philippine leader should be bolder in challenging…