Duterte says “America has lost”..aligns Philippines with China
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his “separation” from the United States, declaring it had “lost” and that he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.
“America has lost now,” Mr Duterte told Chinese and Philippine businesspeople in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, in a forum attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia.
“It’s the only way.”
Mr Duterte spoke to at least 200 business people as part of a push for what he called a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally the United States deteriorates.
His Trade Secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $US13.5 billion ($17.6 billion) in deals would be signed.
“With that, in this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Mr Duterte said to applause.
“But do not worry. We will also help as you help us.”
Mr Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal ruling in The Hague over South China Sea disputes in favour of the Philippines, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby said Mr Duterte’s remarks were “inexplicably at odds with the very close relationship” between the two countries.
“We are going to be seeking an explanation of exactly what the president meant when he talked about separation from us,” Mr Kirby said.
“It’s not clear to us exactly what that means and all its ramifications.”
russia will be thrilled to know the philippines has joined them and china as a trio of powerhouses.. 🙂
“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way.”
but seriously he is pushing the envelope hard..watch the philippines closely now..