Duterte’s Fifth China Visit: Heavy on Promise, Light on Results

Duterte’s Fifth China Visit: Heavy on Promise, Light on Results

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth visit to China last week was heavy with promise, but ended light with results. Visiting Beijing with a delegation including Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin and other high-ranking officials, Duterte vowed to discuss the South China Sea directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time. Duterte, facing pressure at home amid the unfolding Vietnam-China spat near Vanguard Bank, resolved to bring up the 2016…