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Asia's Game of Thrones
Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte Threatens to Scrap Defense Pact (Again)

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

Asia's Game of Thrones
In Manila, U.S. Diplomat Rebukes and Reassures

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte’s Spin Room Gets to Work

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte Breaks Up with Washington

The Philippine president has now definitively cast his lot with China. How will elites in Manila react?

Asia's Game of Thrones
Beijing’s Opening Bargain with Manila

China hints at a bargain with the Philippines on the South China Sea, while Vietnam stands up for U.S. intervention.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte’s China Trip Keeps Washington On Its Toes

The Philippine president’s trip to China has both Washington and Beijing playing a guessing game.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Manila’s Drug Crackdown Gets a Boost from Beijing

A glimpse into the grand bargain being offered by the Chinese.

Asia's Game of Thrones
China and New Zealand Trade Barbs

Despite strong trade ties, the New Zealand-China relationship is straining over the South China Sea.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Indonesia Stands Up to China

What we’re seeing in Asia is a geopolitical version of Newton’s Third Law: Where China pushes, it encounters a forceful response.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte’s Delicate Balancing Act

It’s not going to be easy for Duterte to make the Philippines into the Switzerland of the South China Sea.

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