In tussle for influence, US and China may have to woo another Duterte

With President Rodrigo Duterte entering his lame-duck year in office, the fate of a key military pact between the Philippines and the United States will be up to whoever succeeds him in May next year.

This pact, known as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), was signed in 1998. It gives legal cover to thousands of US troops who are rotated in the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.

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