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Is Rodrigo Duterte a Fool, a Genius—or Both?

Jared McKinney Politics, Asia Why the Philippine president is breaking with the conventional wisdom. Rodrigo Duterte is a fool. Doesn’t he know that Scarborough Shoal is the place to draw a “line in the sand”? That, with the United States, he and the Philippines could make Xi Jinping “lose face” there? That the shoal should be the launching point for a new concerted effort to challenge “every Chinese overreach, early and often,” and is a dispute worthy of “indecent” operations? He seems blissfully unaware that China’s activities around the shoal, along with its other maritime territorial claims, are mere precursors to China claiming the entire Pacific Ocean and achieving “global hegemony.
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