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Duterte's China groveling tells wider story of his economic failures

Kowtowing to Xi Jinping was Philippine president's original sin

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People stand outside shuttered businesses as they queue for free goods in Quezon city, Metro Manila, on Apr. 19: what Duterte forgot to look out for was the economy.   © Getty Images

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

For a supposed tough guy, Rodrigo Duterte sure does love bending over for China -- again, and again, and again.

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