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After Pence’s China warning, Xi Jinping writes an affectionate letter to the Philippines

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Since Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016, he’s been noticeably warm to China, and cold to the country’s traditional ally the United States. Soon after he was elected, he made a state visit to China—where he called this the “ springtime ” of their relations—and chose not to use a 2016 international tribunal decision in favor of the Philippines to push back against China’s...

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