Where does the Philippines fit in now?

The Philippines, long considered a US ally, particularly as China becomes more assertive in South-East Asia, now seems to be playing both sides. Having publicly announced a “separation” from the US during a visit to China, the Filipino president quickly backtracked to explain that did not mean a severance of ties…but it is unclear what it does mean for the future of US-Filipino, Sino-Filipino, and of course US-China relations as well. Something to keep an eye on.

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