Rodrigo Duterte’s Anti-American Outburst Complicates US Goals – Wall Street Journal

MANILA—An anti-American rant by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, which he later recanted, cast a shadow on Washington’s bid to bolster ties with Asian allies such as Manila to help offset China’s growing might.

U.S. President Barack Obama scrapped a planned meeting with Mr. Duterte in Laos on Tuesday after the outburst, sparking strains with one of Washington’s oldest Asian allies. Mr. Duterte later apologized. Still, the…

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