K. Palonka: Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

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K. Palonka: Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg was quoted due to some furious American media retort action after evident, anti-American position taken by current Philippine president. The sturdy statement seems very up-to date during recent visit of president Duterte in Beijing. [1]

Philippine President Rodrigo ­Duterte declared his “separation” from the United States after meeting President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday October 20th, with both sides agreeing to resume talks to resolve their South China Sea dispute. President Xi Jinping suggested the two sides “temporarily put aside” disputes and learn from the “political wisdom” of history when the two nations had kept their differences in check through talks.

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“As long as we stick to friendly dialogue and consultation, we can frankly exchange views on any problem, manage differences, discuss cooperation, and temporarily put aside what is hard to reach by consensus” president Xi said.

The two countries were neighbors across the sea whose people were brothers linked by blood, he said. Duterte ­announced he had realigned with China. “I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to President Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way,” he said.

 Manila appeared to be readjusting its “excessively” one-sided policy favoring Washington and was far from pivoting towards China.  “It’s a pendulum effect,” a senior fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said : “Duterte is just adjusting and revising his predecessor’s excessive one-sided policy towards the US. I would not call him ‘inclining to China’.”

However, two sides signed US$13.5 billion worth of deals during Duterte’s state visit that comes immediately to realization, according to the Philippine trade secretary. Two leaders oversaw the signing of 13 agreements ranging from trade and investment to narcotics controls, maritime security and infrastructure.

As ties warmed, China could resume certain infrastructure projects in the Philippines, such as a railway in north and start another. The Philippines forms an important part of “One Belt, One Road” development plan.

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank –AIIB -could play a role in the economic development of the Philippines. His country would also work to promote relations ­between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – ASEAN.

Next year the Philippines will assume the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, which has been dealing with the South China Sea disputes on a regional level.  Months after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled that Beijing did not have historic rights to the South China Sea in a case brought by the previous Philippines government, there is a sharp reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old Duterte took office on June 30.

Without an improved relationship, the Philippines would use the ASEAN platform to embarrass China on the South China Sea issue, now it looks opposite.

Playing the US against China may prove a smart move for Rodrigo Duterte, thus two questions will be on the minds of international observers. First, what sort of geopolitical game is Duterte playing? Second, will he cross the Rubicon over to China, as he has repeatedly threatened to do in recent weeks, and thereby fundamentally alter the geopolitical equation in East Asia? If the US does not want to completely lose Duterte to China, how then should it respond to his game? Duterte’s remarks will prompt fresh concern in the United States, where the Barack Obama administration has seen Manila as a key ally in its “rebalance” of resources to Asia in the face of a rising China.

 [1] South China Morning Post-Oct 28th.

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K. Palonka: Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them Reviewed by on 21 października 2016 .

Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg was quoted due to some furious American media retort action after evident, anti-American position taken by current Philippine president. The sturdy statement seems very up-to date during recent visit of president Duterte in Beijing. [1] Philippine President Rodrigo ­Duterte declared his “separation” from the United States after meeting President Xi

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Absolwentka SGH (dawniej SGPIS), doktorat z ekonomii na Politechnice Warszawskiej (PW). Wieloletni Wykładowca na Politechnice Warszawskiej, następnie pracownik Instytutu Studiów nad Japonią w Stockholm School of Economics i Centrum Badań Ekonomii Chin tamże. Spędziła kilkanaście lat na wielu uniwersytetach Dalekiego Wschodu, między innymi w Australii, Chinach, Japonii, Korei, Wietnamie i Singapurze. Po powrocie do Polski, pragnie włączyć się w nurt badań a także popularyzacji wszelkiej wiedzy o krajach Azji Południowo-Wschodniej i ich kontaktach z Polską.

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