On his first trip to Beijing, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was not concerned with global politics but with improving infrastructure in his country. He had to get straight to the point, says DW's Frank Sieren.
New figures from the United Nations show a 43-percent increase in the production of opium in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Eradication rates have plummeted over the past year as a result of the Taliban insurgency.
The Philippine president has announced his rupture with the US and tilted towards China seeking closer partnership with Beijing. Regional security and economic interests are at stake, says analyst Siegfried Herzog.