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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 30, 2019.

Duterte Will Fight Anyone but Beijing

The Philippine president is curiously willing to put China’s interests over his country’s.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf maneuvers during a joint search and rescue operation with the Philippine coast guard near the disputed Scarborough Shoal on May 14, 2019.

Pompeo Draws a Line Against Beijing in the South China Sea

The United States has aligned itself on the side of international law, but backing up a tough statement will be hard.

This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Declared China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Unlawful.’ Now What?

The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings the United States in line with international law and opens the door for sanctions and a more unified response to Chinese “bullying” in the key waterway.

Workers and supporters of the ABS-CBN broadcaster stage a protest in the Philippines

After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets

A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.

A U.S. F/A-18 hornet fighter prepares to land while other fighter jets fly behind during a routine training aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea

U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea

“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”

Media at Minneapolis Protest

Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide

As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.

Soldiers respond to coronavirus in the Philippines

The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost

In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

A Great Wall 236 submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in the sea near Qingdao, China, on April 23, 2019.

Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea

Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea.

An Israeli protester lifts a placard during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 25, to protest what the demonstrators consider threats to Israeli democracy.

What Democracy Will Fall Next?

Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) arrives for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (unseen) at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on April 25, 2019.

There’s Still Life in the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement

Duterte is trying to kill a critical deal, but his compatriots aren’t happy.

An officer takes the temperature of a commuter passing through a police checkpoint in Quezon City, the Philippines

Duterte’s Response to the Coronavirus: ‘Shoot Them Dead’

The Philippines president’s order to kill quarantine violators amid coronavirus chaos tests democracy yet again in his country.

Filipinos hoping to get on flights out of Manila hours before it is placed on lockdown queue at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 14, 2020 in Manila, Philippines.

Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium

Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte Terminates U.S. Defense Pact, Pleasing Trump but Few Others

Ending the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States is a deeply unpopular move.

Filipinos wearing face masks attend Sunday Mass at a church in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on Feb. 9.

Filipinos Turn on Duterte as Coronavirus Fears Spread

Anti-Chinese and anti-American conspiracy theories have followed the first death.

A scene from "Abominable" taken in a theater and shared by Vietnamese media.

Hollywood Is Paying an ‘Abominable’ Price for China Access

A kid’s movie has turned into a geopolitical nightmare for DreamWorks.

Activists burn Chinese flags and display anti-China placards during a protest at a park in Manila on June 18, 2019.

China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked

Artificial islands are becoming more trouble than they’re worth.

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