Despite maintaining a mutual defense treaty since 1951, the US-Philippine relationship has soured over the past 12 months as Philippine President Duterte has openly questioned the alliance and expressed interest in developing a closer relationship with China. How should President Trump work to maintain close ties with the Philippines? How would Washington react if President Duterte follows through on his threat to scale back the alliance?
Michael Auslin is author of “The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region”: https://goo.gl/is63qj
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