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Duterte should not rush Chinese infrastructure investments

Despite security concerns, Philippine president wants concrete progress

| Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Xi Jinping in Beijing in April 2019: the Philippines might be at risk of welcoming a Trojan horse.   © Reuters

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters the final years of his term in office, he has fast-tracked approval of big-ticket Chinese infrastructure projects with gusto.

In a brazen violation of constitutional principles on separation of powers, the firebrand Filipino leader has even threatened judicial institutions against reviewing potentially questionable deals with Beijing.

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