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Opinion

Philippines needs to be wary about welcoming Chinese technology

Winner of telco franchise has backing from state-owned enterprise in China

| Philippines
Dennis Uy, an entrepreneur from Davao City, has relied heavily not only on Duterte's backing but also China's. (Photo by Kim Ignacio)

On President Rodrigo Duterte's watch, the Philippines has progressively welcomed Chinese infrastructure investments, including in the critical telecommunications sector. This expanding presence, however, raises questions about the system's security.

There are also potentially negative implications for the Philippine-U.S. alliance, with Washington warning that this adoption could jeopardize bilateral security cooperation.

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