The Philippines

Strongman at helm

Print edition : June 10, 2016

Supporters of the President-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, at a campaign rally before the elections, in Manila on May 7. Photo: Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Duterte speaking to the media after claiming victory, at Davao city on the island of Mindanao on May 15. Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP

The Spratly and Paracel Islands remain a bone of contention between China and the Philippines.

The Philippines has elected a President who not only is a grass-roots politician but is also known for his anti-U.S. politics. Balancing ties between the U.S. and China will be one of his main challenges.
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