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China's bet on Sara Duterte pays off

How Beijing has cultivated Mindanao's most important family

| Philippines
Sara Duterte gestures during her campaign rally on May 7: China seems to have won over Sara Duterte likely securing China's political interests in the Philippines.   © AP

Alvin Camba is assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a faculty affiliate at the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University.

Sara Duterte's comfortable election as the Philippines' next vice president on May 9, alongside winning presidential running mate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., will be warmly welcomed in Beijing.

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