Pivot to China

Print edition : November 25, 2016

Filipino tribal groups and activists shout slogans as they burn a mock U.S. flag near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila on October 21. Hundreds of left-wing activists who took part in the protest urged President Rodrigo Duterte to take punitive action against policemen who rammed a van on some of them in a brutal dispersal near the U.S. Embassy. Photo: Aaron Favila/AP

President Duterte (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping review the guard of honour as they attend a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, a day after Duterte said it was "time to say goodbye" to the U.S. Photo: AFP

U.S. marines riding amphibious assault vehicles in the U.S.-Philippines joint annual beach landing exercise on the shores facing the South China Sea in San Antonio town, Zambales province, north of Manila. The U.S. wanted to remain involved in the campaign to quell Islamic militancy in the southern Philippines, its Ambassador to Manila said on October 25 after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to show American forces the door. Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP

The new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is seen to be moving close to China and appears willing to reverse the military alliance with the U.S.
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