The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to have insulted the United States President Barack Obama recently. The two leaders were scheduled to meet at the ASEAN Summit in Laos, but Duterte’s outburst came when asked to comment on Obama’s proclaimed intention to discuss the extra-judicial killings of drug dealers and users in the Philippines since he came to power. The US cancelled the official meeting, though informal talks were held at a later date. Teng Jianqun from the China Institute of International Studies, Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute think tank and Richard Heydarian from the De La Salle University discuss how important a leader’s personality is when it comes to bilateral relations, as well as where they think Philippines’ relations with both the US and China will go from here.
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