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    Will President McKinley’s War Rock Trump’s Asia Footing?

    It was America’s colony. As the Spanish-American War ended in 1898, President William McKinley stunned his Philippine allies by deciding to annex the archipelago — and precipitating a bloody conflict. The brutal, four-decades-long occupation has been largely forgotten by Americans and unmentioned by Filipinos. Until now, that is, as President Rodrigo Duterte tries to distract the world from his deadly anti-narcotics campaign. He’s harkening back to U.S. massacres, suggesting that one of Washington’s staunchest allies isn’t afraid to look elsewhere — even to China — for friends.

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