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Trump and Duterte: A not-so-surprising political friendship

US President Donald Trump’s recent friendly phone conversation with Rodrigo Duterte, during which he invited the Philippine president to the White House, raised questions about his penchant for closeness with strongmen. Even though Duterte was noncommittal, saying he might be too busy to stop by anytime soon, this didn’t stop…


I’m very busy: Duterte says he may refuse invitation to the White House

President Duterte has said he may turn down Donald Trump’s invitation to the White House, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to Davao. Duterte, who has distanced himself from his country’s long-standing alliance with the US while strengthening ties with China and Russia, said he could not commit to the…


China launches its first domestically produced aircraft carrier

China has launched its first domestically produced aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of its determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard this morning in the northern port city of Dalian, where the Soviet-built Liaoning carrier was refurbished before being commissioned in 2012….



WATCH: Russian guided-missile cruiser arrives in Manila

The flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet arrived in Manila today (Thursday, April 20) for a four-day goodwill visit. The arrival of the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, along with fuel tanker ship, Pechenge, is the second port call by Russian warships in three months. The move is part of President Duterte’s drive…


Deerhurst: Is Duterte still marching in step with his military?

Increasingly, it looks like the Philippine military establishment and President Duterte are going through the sort of rocky patch that, in a marriage, would end in a messy divorce. For one thing, it seems that they’ve reached the point where they’re no longer talking. This was made clear when the…