Filipino President’s Anti-American Stance Heartens Beijing


WSJ: “With the exception of the Vietnam War, America’s alliance system in East Asia has helped keep the peace for more than half a century. Now it is in trouble. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s progression from abusive name-calling to a more broadly articulated anti-American hostility has been swift and stunning. It threatens one of Washington’s crucial Asian alliances and sets back U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature ‘pivot’ to the region. China is jubilant over Mr. Duterte’s cooling relations with Washington after it clashed for years with the Philippine leader’s predecessor.”