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2019/06/28 | Michael Beltran
Not so Strong Man: Duterte Buckles Under Chinese Pressure Amid Maritime Row
Officials in the Philippines initially came on strong demanding China be sanctioned for an incident at Recto Bank, while Duterte kept his lips sealed. Days later Duterte finally dismissed the whole thing as 'a little maritime accident' and the administration fell in line, much to the ire of citizens. But — asks Michael Beltran — who is pulling whose strings here?