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Duterte’s China gambit fails to deliver the goods

China's $24 billion infrastructure investment promise for the Philippines has not materialized while tensions still rise in South China Sea

MANILA – When will Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s China-friendly foreign policy start to pay dividends?

  • Richard Javad Heydarian
  • Asia Times

It’s a question making the rounds in Manila these days as Beijing’s promised bounty of infrastructure investments, energy deals and financial aid persistently fail to arrive.

Upon winning power in mid-2016, Duterte took a notably softer stance on maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea, presumably…

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