Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte walking a tightrope with his fifth visit to China-a diplomatic charm offensive, to keep Chinese money rolling into his country.
Duterte’s China pivot, however, isn’t a big hit with Filipinos back home. They want Duterte to challenge China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
While his diplomatic overtures may be unpopular, Duterte’s approval rating is nearly 80%, due in part to the government’s anti-crime campaign, including the controversial war on drugs. A violent crackdown on alleged drug dealers and users, in which thousands have been killed.
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation.
Camille Elemia is a politics reporter with Philippine news website, Rappler.
Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
Sourabh Gupta is Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute at the Institute for China-American studies.
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