Tim Collard

Tim Collard

Tim Collard spent 20 years in the British diplomatic service, half of them in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is now retired and works as a freelance academic and journalist on China-related issues, and liv

es in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Philippines.

China can’t afford to browbeat the Philippines into submission
One of the more successful regional relationships that China has pursued in the past few years is with the Philippines. Before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in May 2016, he had for several months been the front runner in the contest. Concerns had been expressed among Filipinos that Duterte’s established style – he was known as a mercurial character, similar to US President Donald Trump – might lead to confrontation, particularly with China. At the time, the Permanent Court of Arbitration was considering a case brought by the Philippines under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) questioning the legality of China’s “nine-dash line” claim to sovereig
China can’t afford to browbeat the Philippines into submission