East Asia Forum: “Beijing gone from foe to friend in Manila”

 Renato Cruz De Castro, De La Salle University

"Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III adopted a balancing policy to respond to Chinese pressure over the two countries’ territorial disputes in the South China Sea. This balancing policy culminated in the signing of the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in April 2014, which provides for the United States to rotate forward-deployed forces in Philippine territory and for extensive access to Philippine military facilities. Now President Rodrigo Duterte is unravelling his predecessor’s work."

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