U.S. Support Dwindles In The Philippines As China's Reputation Grows


Ralph Jennings




September 25, 2017 


Tough-talking, rainmaking President Rodrigo Duterte has led the Philippines for 15 months. Part of his shakeup of how things are done extends to rebalancing relations with old colonizer the United States against an increasingly powerful China despite a maritime sovereignty dispute. Over the past three years Filipinos' sentiment toward China has climbed 17 percentage points, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday. Duterte did his part by setting aside the maritime issue, leading Beijing to pledge $24 billion in October for aid and investment in the developing, largely poor Philippines.