There is much going on in the South China Sea. And though there has been little coverage of the events, the Chinese have been making large claims to the major fishing and commercial area. One of the countries that America has been using as an ally in the area has become a little cantankerous.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been touted as the savor of the Philippines and a man sent from God, for his heavy-handed stance against drugs. He has also called out America and especially Obama for causing problems in the region.
Now, Duterte has proclaimed his break from America on his recent visit to Beijing.
The controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, announced what he called his “separation” from the U.S. Thursday in his latest speech aimed at rankling Washington.
“I announce my separation from the United States both in military and economics also,” Duterte announced to a cheering crowd in Beijing. He added, “America does not control our lives. Enough bulls—,” according to AFP.
Duterte has previously said the Philippines would stop joint military exercises with the U.S., and he opposes joint patrols with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea. But U.S. officials say its commitment to the treaty alliance with the Philippines remains “ironclad.”
The Philippines is an important part of the strategy against the Chinese expansion. It appears as if the old containment strategy employed by the English in the 30’s is currently being used by the U.S. This strategy is jeopardized by these developments and the subsequent loans handed out by the Chinese to the Philippines.
Economically, it was announced by the Philippines’ Trade Secretary, Ramon Lopez, that the two nations would be signing $13.5 billion worth of economic cooperation this week. Separately, the Philippines
Presidential Communications Office said President Jinping committed more than $9 billion in low-interest loans to the country, with about a third of the loan offer coming from private banks. About $15 million in loans will go toward drug rehabilitation projects.
Money and need may be the thing that ends decades of good relations between America and the Philippines. This would be another ally lost during Obama’s run as president.