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Duterte says he wants foreign troops out of the Philippines and would be willing to undo military base agreements with the U.S., a key part of American regional influence

4 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
uring a trip to Japan, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines said he would be open to renegotiating a 2014 agreement that lets the United States use five Philippine military bases. The statement contrasts with one he made a day earlier, when he indicated he wanted to keep the military alliance with the U.S. Despite his rhetoric and the economic deals he struck with China during his trip to the region, an expert said it's "too simple" to characterize Duterte as anti-U.S. or pro-China.
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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