Duterte Announces «Separation» From United States

«America Has Lost» — Duterte Announces «Separation» From United States, Alligns With China; Seeks Alliance With Putin

ZeroHedge, Oct 20, 2016

It was only a matter of time before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte put an end to the speculation if and when he would officially pivot the country’s long-held diplomatic alliance away from the US and toward China. During a visit to China’s capital, Duterte announced his «separation» from the United States, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

«In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,» Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. «Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.»

Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal in the Hague ruled that Beijing did not have historic rights to the South China Sea in a case brought by the previous administration in Manila, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30. His trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed during the China trip.

An even more dramatic admission came moments later when Duterte also voiced his desire to expand the newly hatched Asian axis to include Russia as well.

 

«I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to (President Vladimir) Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way,» Duterte told his Beijing audience.

 

Still, a few hours after Duterte’s speech, his top economic policymakers released a statement saying that, while Asian economic integration was «long overdue», that did not mean the Philippines was turning its back on the West.

 

«We will maintain relations with the West but we desire stronger integration with our neighbours,» said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia in a joint statement. «We share the culture and a better understanding with our region. The Philippines is integrating with ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea.»

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Unlike Obama’s final arrival in China in the late summer, China pulled out all the stops to welcome Duterte. President Xi Jinping, meeting Duterte earlier in the day, called the visit a «milestone» in ties. Xi told Duterte that China and the Philippines were brothers and they could «appropriately handle disputes.»

 

«I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things,» Xi said.

 

As a result of Duterte’s pivot, China now has a key supporter in the ongoing geopolitical disagreement involving the contested territory in the South China Sea. China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

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Meanwhile, anti-US sentiment is building in the Philippines, which is also not surprising, after Duterte previously called Barack Obama a «son of a bitch» and told him to «go to hell», while alluding to severing ties with the old colonial power. On Wednesday, to the cheers of hundreds of Filipinos in Beijing, Duterte said Philippine foreign policy was veering towards China. «I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there,» Duterte said. «So time to say goodbye my friend.»

 

As a result of this dramatic collapse in US-Philipinne relations, the next US president will have her hands full with not only the rapidly escalation standoff between Russia and the US in Syria, but will be rushing the mend relations with one of the oldest US allies in the Pacific rim.

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Правительство США жестоко нарушило мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com https://vk.com/id205515377

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 12 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

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