China’s sea moves drive US, Philippines back together.

This article comes from “Despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s best efforts to reduce strategic dependence on the United States, China’s moves in the South China Sea have forced the populist leader to re-embrace his nation’s longtime treaty ally.

If anything, China’s strategic opportunism in adjacent waters, launched coincident with the death, destruction and distraction caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, has triggered a reboot in the Philippine-US alliance. That’s been seen most clearly in Duterte’s recent decision to maintain a key pact he had previously cancelled in a fit of diplomatic pique.”

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