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Trigger-Happy Duterte: The Philippines' new war on drugs (part 2)

The apology obviously didn't go far enough. US President Barack Obama cancelled his first face-to-face sit down with the new Philippines president after Rodrigo Duterte called Obama a "son of a whore". We ask whether the Philippines can afford to burn their bridges with Washington, which provides aid and military support at a time when China's territorial ambitions are growing in disputed waters. Duterte wants to bargain with Beijing over the South China Sea, but how strong is his hand?

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Click here to watch part one. 

Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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