Will the ‘Golden Period’ in China-Philippines Ties Actually Benefit Both Sides?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to the media following a welcome ceremony at Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines, Nov. 20, 2018 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to the media following a welcome ceremony at Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines, Nov. 20, 2018 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Wednesday following a two-day state visit to the Philippines, the last leg of an Asia-Pacific tour that also included stops in Papua New Guinea and Brunei. Despite decades of mistrust and maritime disputes between Manila and Beijing, the two countries heralded a new “golden period” in relations last year. Ahead of Xi’s visit, Philippine observers wondered what gifts the Chinese president might bear as part of his effort to draw the […]

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