Golez: This is an opinion from a CNN correspondent, stating that with regard to his China policy, Trump should give top priority to the Philippines, "look to the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte is reversing decades of foreign policy tradition." That is of course only his opinion and not that of the incoming administration. What is curious is the writer's keen interest in the Philippines.
I quote from the CNN article:
"The most immediate concern might not actually be China itself. Instead, look to the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte is reversing decades of foreign policy tradition.
"The US sees the Philippines as perhaps its strongest ally in Southeast Asia. But on a recent trip to Beijing, Duterte said he wants "separation from the United States," both economically and militarily, and pursue closer relations with China.
What happens next could alter the balance of power in the South China Sea. Dealing with the surprise change in the Philippine-US relationship -- and how that might affect China's regional ambitions -- should be a top priority for Trump."