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The leader of the Philippines and the head of U.S. diplomacy exchange a handshake

The Philippines’ policy and the great power competition

The Philippines’ foreign policy drivers go beyond the theatrics of its current president. Some of them are fundamental interests that hardly change in time, as has been the case of the simultaneous economic cooperation and territorial conflict with China. The U.S., too, exerts a strong pull on Manila. There are, however, even deeper sources of the Philippines’ international behavior.

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