Even if Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t subjected to another scolding by the arrogant and condescending American dictator Obama in the last seventeen days or so of his illegitimate power trip, the island nation’s course towards normalizing relations with China will likely continue to some degree. Duterte has recognized the value of negotiations and a stronger negotiating position in international affairs, elevating his status beyond that of a small, reliable partner being taken for granted to one with something of value, not the least of which is its location in the increasingly important South China Sea.
The Philippines’ incoming ambassador to China stated on Monday the his nation is engaged in an effort to “normalize” their relations with China. All of this began after Obama couldn’t keep his mouth shut regarding the internal campaign of President Duterte to eradicate the drug problem in his nation. Obama and the UN, who have no comment when Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China or even Cuba engage in objectionable, abusive practices in their own nations, have no problem telling the Filipino President what he should be doing and how.
Mr. Duterte takes exception with that type of behavior from an ally, even a rich and supportive one. He’s not the kind of leader to be spoken to as if he’s a child. He’s got a war on drugs to conduct in the manner that suits his style and the needs of his nation. If Obama doesn’t like it, he needs to learn to keep his mouth shut about it, or express his concerns in a less offensive manner. Duct tape would probably be best.
Newly appointed ambassador to China, Jose “Chito” Sta. Romana, told AFP the move represented “a strategic shift in our foreign policy. We were one-sidedly imbalanced in favor of the US. We are not abandoning our alliance with the US…. We are basically trying to normalize our relations with China.”
The potential stumbling block of the Spratly Islands, in which China has illegally, according to a UN review, seized the territory of the Philippines has been placed on the back burner in the interest of advancing diplomatic and political relations. There is also the matter of foreign investment on the part of China in the Philippines, a significant consideration.
Ambassador Sta. Romana said, “The Chinese viewed the Philippines as a geopolitical pawn or Trojan horse of the US. Now they look at us as a friendly neighbor.”
In comparing the Obama regime with the Chinese, the Ambassador made the point that it was Obama’s big mouth and ego that created the whole problem that led to the rethinking of alliances. He said, “The problem came after they began lecturing him. The president considers it an internal affair. The Chinese don’t comment on your internal affairs.”
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