""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."
Oct. 20, 2016, "Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says U.S. has lost," Reuters, Ben Blanchard, Beijing
President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United
States on Thursday, declaring he had realigned with China as the two
agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.
made his comments in Beijing, where he is visiting with at least 200
business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial
alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate.
this venue, your honors, 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."
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
His trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed during the China trip.
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.
remarks will prompt fresh concern in the United States, where the Obama
administration has seen Manila as an important ally in its "rebalance"
of resources to Asia in the face of a rising China.
administration agreed a deal with Duterte's predecessor granting U.S.
forces rotational access to bases in the Philippines and further doubts
will be raised about the future of this arrangement.
Washington, however, the White House stressed the traditional bonds
between the United States and the Philippines in response to Duterte's
comments and stuck to a U.S. approach of seeking to play down his
repeated verbal attacks.
U.S.-Philippine alliance is built on a 70-year history, rich people to
people ties and a long list of shared security concerns," White House
spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters. "We have not received any
official requests from Filipino officials to alter any of our many
issues where we bilaterally cooperate."...
believe that it's in our national security interests when our partners
and allies in the region have strong relationships with China," he said.
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.
will maintain relations with the West but we desire stronger
integration with our neighbors," 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."
RED CARPET WELCOME
China has pulled out all the
stops to welcome Duterte, including a marching band complete with
baton-twirling band master at his official greeting ceremony outside the
Great Hall of the People, which is not extended to most leaders. President Xi Jinping, meeting Duterte earlier in the day, called the visit a "milestone" in ties.
told Duterte that China and the Philippines were brothers and they
could "appropriately handle disputes", though he did not mention the
South China Sea in remarks made in front of reporters.
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.
their meeting, during which Duterte said relations with China had
entered a new "springtime", Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin
said the South China Sea issue was not the sum total of relations.
two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed five years ago,
that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a
proper settlement of the South China Sea issue," Liu said.
claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5
trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
In 2012, China seized the disputed Scarborough Shoal and denied Philippine fishermen access to its fishing grounds.
said the shoal was not mentioned and he did not answer a question about
whether Philippine fishermen would be allowed there. He said both
countries had agreed on coastguard and fisheries cooperation, but did
not give details.
Duterte's tone toward Beijing
is in stark contrast to the language he has used against the United
States, after being infuriated by U.S. criticism of his bloody war on
He has called U.S.
President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" and told his to "go to hell",
while alluding to severing ties with the old colonial power.
Wednesday, to the cheers of hundreds of Filipinos in Beijing, Duterte
said Philippine foreign policy was veering toward China.
"I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there," Duterte said. "So time to say goodbye my friend."
same day, about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters gathered outside the U.S.
embassy in Manila calling for the removal of U.S. troops from the
southern island of Mindanao.
abrupt pivot from Washington to Beijing is unlikely to be universally
popular at home, however. On Tuesday an opinion poll showed Filipinos
still trust the United States far more than China. Duterte
on Wednesday said the South China Sea arbitration case would "take the
back seat" during talks, and that he would wait for the Chinese to bring
up the issue rather than doing so himself.
Xi said issues that could not be immediately be resolved should be set aside, according to the Chinese foreign ministry. China
has welcomed the Philippines approaches, even as Duterte has vowed not
to surrender any sovereignty to Beijing, which views the South China Sea
Hague ruling as null and void.
China has also expressed support for his drug war, which has raised concern in Western capitals about extrajudicial killing."
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Philippines Pres. Duterte in China announces his separation from US, realigns with China, says he might go to Russia and tell Putin 'there are 3 of us against the world, China, Philippines, and Russia.' Duterte says: 'Time to say goodbye my friend' the US-Reuters
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