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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte clarified Friday after returning from his trip to Beijing that when he said he wanted to separate from Washington, he did not mean a severing of diplomatic ties, but to no longer "dovetail the foreign policy" of the US. Some Chinese then claimed that Duterte changed his attitude immediately after he got loans from China, and they have even made jokes mocking the president's inconsistency.
The concerns are real. But they can be dissolved by Duterte's latest clarification about US-Philippine relations.
Whatever wording Duterte used in China to comment on the past Washington-Manila ties, Chinese diplomats don't expect that the Philippines under his presidency will take any radical turns in its relationship with the US, such as terminating their alliance or closing down US bases.
By refusing to "dovetail" the US foreign policy, Duterte has again demonstrated the new foreign policy of the Philippines. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Saturday that the US remains the "closest friend" of the Philippines, but Manila wants to break away from a "mindset of dependency and subservience" and forge closer ties with other nations. These comments combined cement the significant changes that Duterte has brought to the geopolitical landscape in the South China Sea, but don't indicate any return to the previous diplomacy of former president Benigno Aquino III.
Few Western reports talked about Duterte changing tack after going back to Manila. US and Japanese media continue to express concerns about the improving Beijing-Manila ties. After all, Duterte is so different a president, and he likes to use sharp or sometimes exaggerated words to attract more attention. But so far he has shown clear and firm policy logic.
Duterte's endeavors to combat drugs and improve infrastructure and people's well-being in the Philippines are well supported by China. In this case, turning Beijing from a rival to a strong helper and partner to develop his country serves the political interests of his administration and also the national interests in the long-run.
It is those whose expectations are too high of the new Philippine president that believe Duterte went back on his words after his Beijing visit. Some others would rather see the rumors come true because they desire to prove that the Chinese government makes foolish choices.
In the South China Sea, US strategy has been dealt a blow by the Philippines' sudden shift while China can benefit from Duterte's new foreign policy. But China should not simply pin all its hopes on Duterte's unusual governance. China still has much to do to constantly expand its common interests with the Philippines and work for a complete turnabout in the South China Sea. {the Global times}

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Of course, China understood and Duterte meant separation of foreign policy, not severance of diplomatic ties, which is all that matters.  Even China has diplomatic ties with America, and they both cooperate on combating climate change and in persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.  Separation of Foreign Policy means that the Philippines will not automatically agree that what is good for America must be good for the Philippines, and that what is bad for America must be bad for the Philippines.  This much independence of foreign policy America has granted to other countires, like Germany, France, UK, Australia, Canada, and to some extent, Japan and South Korea.  So, why should the Philippines be given less freedom to choose its foreign policy?  Independence or Separation of foreign policy does not mean enmity or hostility.  Of all the colored peoples, why should the brown race be the exception in not being emancipated from domination or control by the White race?  But Duterte is not Anti-American, he is simply pro-Philippines, which his predecessor failed to meet in many ways, out of fear mostly of losing his support.  Duterte never meant severing diplomatic ties with America, or he would would have said it, and surprised even himself.  Obama should be glad the Philippines is showing full maturity under Duterte, and welcome his rapprochement with China as relieving the United States of an obligation to defend a friendly country with its fortune and the lives of its men and women in uniform - for what?  To make the Philippines its colony again?  To brag about it in the locker room?  Maybe that's it.



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Of course, China understood and Duterte meant separation of foreign policy, not severance of diploma ...

Of course, China understood and Duterte meant separation of foreign policy, not severance of diplomatic ties, which is all that matters.

Interesting part is coming up with Japan.
A super big loan to Mr.Duterte, tied to spend the cash on Japanese goods.

I must say, interesting days are on the arrrising.

And shortly afterwards, Mr. Vladimir's turn.
Even a blackjack table couldn't bring more excitement.  

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Blood is thicker than water.  Although many younger generation Chinese and Filipinos do not trust in blood ties, Duterte is 70 years old, and in his world, as well as in the world of China's top leadership, blood relations do matter especially in establishing Duterte's initial bona fides.  Duterte must realize that if Japan offers a large package of loans to the Philippines, he needs to thank China for starting out without any competitive bid on the table with a very generous offer that it did not have to offer.  Besides, if Japan offered military aid for the Philippines to fight against China, that is not aid, but rather an inducement, because the bulk of the cost in money and in lives would have to be born by the Philippines should it put to use the weapons or ships that Japan provides.  The Philippines would then be doing Japan a favor in fighting its enemies for free, or rather for the cost of the weapons only, minus the ammunitions, the wages of the soldiers, and minus the value of their precious lives.  To accept such a deal would also put China's offer on hold, and for what Japan offers, the Philippines would lose even more.  Therefore, Duterte must be very cautious about what his Foreign Affairs Secretary instructs him to do about the Japanese.  His Foreign Affairs Secretary has always leaned more toward Japan and the West than Duterte wanted to, and what better way to change his foreign policy direction than to have him accept a Japanese "gift" that would reverse every gain he made in his China trip, and obligate him to more costs than he wanted to be burdened with?

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Who care it ? the most important things is the stable situation in the South China Sea,even if it temporary........

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