Duterte’s bombastic rhetoric is unexpected headache for US

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers, and represent an unexpected headache for U.S. policymakers.

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Pepinsky says:

“Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers of U.S.-Philippine relations. Whereas most have considered Duterte’s bombastic rhetoric to target mainly domestic audiences, his threat to turn away from the U.S. – one of the country’s strongest allies, and a treaty partner – will be increasingly difficult for U.S. policymakers to ignore.

“At risk are relations with one of the Philippines’ largest trading partners, home to a large diaspora population, in addition to defense ties that have undergirded the Philippines foreign policy since the Second World War.

“It is hard to see how gambling on a new alliance with China and Russia would further the country’s strategic interests, but in any case it represents an unexpected headache for U.S. policymakers who have prioritized stability in the Asia-Pacific.”

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