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Turnaround Seen for U.S.-Philippine Ties; China Wary

The United States’ tacit acceptance of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly campaign against illegal drugs is expected to put the worst in bilateral relations behind them and lead to renewed cooperation between the two longtime allies despite a wary China. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Walsh said in a telephone news briefing Jan. 31 he was “cautiously optimistic” about how the Philippines is ridding itself of illegal drugs and that Washington would support the...

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