Duterte’s Pivot to China, and Prospects for Settling the South China Sea Disputes

  title={Duterte’s Pivot to China, and Prospects for Settling the South China Sea Disputes},
  author={Bruno Hendler},
  journal={Contexto Internacional},
  • Bruno Hendler
  • Published 3 September 2018
  • Economics
  • Contexto Internacional
Abstract This article proposes a theoretical framework for understanding Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s celebrated ‘pivot to China.’ It begins by discussing the model of asymmetric relations as a suitable framework for understanding relations between highly unequal states, and the concept of dual structural asymmetry as a means of theorising the triangular relations among the Philippines, the USA and China since the end of the Cold War. Next, it presents various economic and political… 
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