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Episode 20. The Phillipines (Duterte and the South China Sea)

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The South China sea is the new battleground between Beijing and Washington with the winner controlling the trades routes; and therefore the future of Asia. Caught in the middle is The Philippines, now torn between their military partners in Washington and their economic partners in Beijing, with the decision-maker being a wildly popular president accused of numerous human rights abuses. Manila is the linchpin for both sides, and we ask our guests in which direction the nation is heading.



Aaron Jed Rabena

  • Asia Pacific Policy Forum

Sheena Greitens

  • Brookings Institute

Derek Grossman

  • RAND Corporation

Oriana Skylar Mastro

  • Stanford University


The Red Line's Phillipines Reading List:

We’ve put together some further reading for those of you looking for more resources to help you get across the geopolitics of The Phillipines.




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