Rodrigo Duterte, who famously told President Obama to go to hell, is bringing Russian trucks and guns to his country. But the Americans aren't worried. According to Reuters: U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim played down any U.S. concerns about Duterte’s outreach to China and Russia and noted that the United States, a former colonial power, was … Continue reading The Philippines Muddies The Waters Of East Asia’s Geopolitics
When you yearn for a Caesar, you more often than not get it. Such now is the price being paid by the people of the Philippines, who swept to power a man who's harsh authoritarianism was clear as day. As the southern island of Mindanao slips into chaos, Rodrigo Duterte's not-so-subtle desire for absolute power … Continue reading Duterte’s Play For A Dictatorship
(This article has been edited to reflect that the Philippines has a single term presidency under its current constitution, meaning Duterte cannot serve, right now, beyond his elected six years). Betteridge's law of headlines states that any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered no. And so it is with this one, … Continue reading Duterte Wants To Ditch America For China and Russia, But Can They Bite?