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U.S. hegemony is coming to an end.

2017年05月06日 04時45分02秒 | Weblog





Throughout this process, Duterte has repeatedly shown how much he values a better relationship with China, emphasizing the opportunities of better bilateral ties while publicly downplaying its challenges, including Chinese actions in the South China Sea that damage Philippine interests. Indeed, just before Duterte personally visited the Chinese warships, the Philippines, which holds the annually-rotating ASEAN chairmanship this year, released a chairman’s statement following the 30th ASEAN summit that removed virtually all language critical of Beijing’s South China Sea assertiveness.


As I indicated in my piece following the episode, it illustrated how the Philippines, once the most forward-leaning Southeast Asian state calling for regional unity and global solidarity on the South China Sea question, was now willing to set that all aside for a rapprochement with Beijing that is in its narrow self-interests as defined by Duterte (See: “The Truth About Duterte’s ASEAN South China Sea Blow”).

The visit of the trio of Chinese warships is the latest step in this direction, and the newfound bonhomie was on full display during the engagement. Duterte was keen to emphasize that he himself had invited the Chinese warships to come to the Philippines, and he also requested that he be able to board them. While on board, after touring the main guns and missiles, foredeck, commanding room, and storage area, he lavished praise on the vessel, calling it hotel-like.

During his visit of the Chinese warships, he repeated his suggestion that the Philippines and China could have a joint military exercise, even though his advisers rushed to clarify that it would require careful deliberation and formalization before it could actually be realized, and it carries obstacles and risks of its own (See: “Can China Patrols Help Duterte in the Philippines’ Terror War?”). But given how much ties have progressed thus far during his first year in office, one ought not to dismiss the possibility of a joint drill occurring during Duterte’s single six-year term.



中国への接近を試みるフィリピン大統領。

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