Philippines’ Firebrand Leader Treads Carefully on Sea Ruling

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  • Duterte keeps vow to not flaunt victory over China’s claims
  • Balancing calls at home for strong reaction to court decision

Rodrigo Duterte.

Photographer: AFP via Getty Images

Despite dealing China a stunning setback over his country’s competing claims in the South China Sea, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stuck to his pledge to not "flaunt or taunt" the international court ruling.

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