Duterte backs ‘new order’ led by China and Russia

Philippine president’s remarks chime with global uncertainty about US under Trump.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has backed the idea of a new world order led by China and Russia, highlighting global uncertainty about US security and trade goals under president-elect Donald Trump.

The outspoken leader of Southeast Asia’s second most populous country said he might follow Moscow’s lead and withdraw from the International Criminal Court after western criticism of his bloody war on drugs.

Mr Duterte’s typically forthright remarks before flying to an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru chime with a sense around the world that Mr Trump’s election win last week has thrown US foreign policy into flux.

The Philippine president attacked the US and praised Beijing and Moscow in the run-up to last week’s election, casting doubt on Manila’s longstanding alliance with Washington and the security balance in the Asia-Pacific region.

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“You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join,” Mr Duterte said, in comments aimed at the US and the UN.

He deplored the “endless” killings suffered in conflicts around the world under existing global power structures, declaring that “just because it’s America, it does not mean it’s good”.

Mr Duterte has steadily intensified his attacks on the US during his first four months in office, insulting President Barack Obama after Washington criticised the more than 2,000 deaths in Manila’s drugs war.

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