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Insulting Barack Obama made the headlines, but Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks referred to a long and dark history of US interference in the Philippines. Narendra Shresthma, Mast Irham/EPA

He may have insulted Obama, but Duterte held up a long-hidden looking glass to the US

The people of the Philippines and their president know all too well the hypocrisy of being lectured by the United States about violence, human rights and democracy.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Reuters

What’s at stake in China’s claims to the South China Sea?

China claims ownership of almost all of the South China Sea and refuses to abide by a recent ruling calling that hogwash. Why does China want to control the sea so badly?
Purportedly Chinese dredging vessels are building up land around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea last year. U.S. Navy via Reuters

Troubled waters: conflict in the South China Sea explained

The Philippines is cheering a ruling that China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis. But the ruling will also ratchet up military tensions with the U.S.

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