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The Philippines Looks To Pivot From Close U.S. Ties

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Philippine Brig. Gen. Maximo Ballesteros, top left, Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, top center, and Maj. Gen. Andre Costales, top right, commandant of the Philippine Marines Corps, stand at attention at the closing ceremony of the 33rd joint U.S.-Philippines amphibious landing exercises. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Philippine Brig. Gen. Maximo Ballesteros, top left, Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, top center, and Maj. Gen. Andre Costales, top right, commandant of the Philippine Marines Corps, stand at attention at the closing ceremony of the 33rd joint U.S.-Philippines amphibious landing exercises. (Bullit Marquez/AP)

The Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte is making things complicated for the United States in the South China Sea, threatening to pull away from its American ally and into the arms of China.  To get a better understanding of what is going on America’s Pacific flank, we turn to Murray Hiebert, senior adviser and deputy director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

This segment aired on October 11, 2016.

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