China Needs Its Friend The Philippines More Than The Philippines Needs China


Ralph Jennings




 April 20, 2017


It's easy to say Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte needs help from China for his country’s development in exchange for laying aside a maritime sovereignty dispute. In October Beijing pledged $24 billion in aid and investment for the country where a quarter of the 102 million people lives in poverty. And after years of friction, Beijing now firmly controls Scarborough Shoal, a major South China Sea fishery coveted by boats based out of the Philippine island Luzon just 220 kilometers away.