Benigno Aquino III

Ties between the U.S. and Philippines run deep. It won't be easy for Rodrigo Duterte to unravel them

Ties between the U.S. and Philippines run deep. It won't be easy for Rodrigo Duterte to unravel them

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in China this month and declared his “separation” from the United States. Then he went to Japan and threatened to kick American troops out of his country, throwing the future relationship of two longtime partners into doubt.

His rancor tests one of America’s most crucial alliances in Asia. Duterte’s comments stoke indignation about U.S. treatment of its former colony, but they also discount deep economic and military bonds — ones that would prove difficult for the tough-talking leader to...

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