REUTERS/Erik De Castro - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and outgoing Armed Forces chief Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda during a parade in Quezon City July 1, 2016

Opinion | Southeast Asia View

Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma

July 5, 2016, Richard Javad Heydarian

In coming days, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague is expected to release a final verdict, most likely unfavorable to China, but it is ultimately up to the Philippines’ newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte on how to leverage the ruling. It will be his first and arguably most important foreign policy dilemma, argues Richard Javad Heydarian.

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