al affairs in Southeast Asia. Although Duterte’s strategies differ in some ways fro
m those of his predecessors, the US still has strong influence on the Philippines. It is understandable that M
anila may worry that the takeover of strategic facilities by Chinese companies could affect its relationship with the US. So
me US politicians may also use the South China Sea issue to instigate reckless moves against Chinese investment.
Politicizing investment is a pervasive problem faced by China as the country pushes forward the BRI. China and the Philippines need to make join