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Rodrigo Duterte, China, and the United States: Explained

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands after a signing ceremony on October 20, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Ng Han Guan-Pool/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

What you need to know about the Philippine president's recent visit to Beijing

Who Is Rodrigo Duterte? Introducing The Philippines' Irreverent New President

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during his first press conference since he claimed victory in the presidential election, at a restaurant in Davao City, on the southern island of Mindanao on May 15, 2016. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The 70-year-old former mayor of Davao City has raised eyebrows with his provocative remarks. But two experts at the U.S.-Philippines Society believe he's more pragmatic than he seems.

Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo Barred from Leaving Country

Former Philippines President and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (C) arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on Nov. 15, 2011. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The November 15 photograph of former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a wheelchair and neck brace at the Manila International Airport became something of a media sensation last week as Arroyo is now appealing the government's decision to not let her fly out of the country for medical reasons.

The case, the latest in a long series of Philippines dynastic political battles, pits Arroyo against the government of President Benigno Aquino III.

Video: Asia Society Leaders Discuss Arrival of Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai and Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl spoke recently to the Philippines Presidential Broadcast Staff about the imminent arrival of current Philippines president Benigno S. Aquino III, a charismatic new leader who says he is committed to rooting out government corruption in his country. Metzl also referenced Manila's key role as a U.S.