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China Telecom's Philippines plan under scrutiny

Duterte must address critics' transparency and security concerns

| Philippines
China Telecom is set to challenge the Philippine market's "duopoly" by teaming up with local partners.   © Reuters

In the week of a long-awaited visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping's to the Philippines, the Southeast Asian country is on the cusp of approving a major investment by a Chinese telecommunications company.

A new competitor in the over-protected $5 billion telecommunications sector should be warmly welcomed, not least for the country's long-suffering internet users. The existing cozy duopoly that provides some of the world's slowest and most expensive internet services, in overdue for a proper shake-up.

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