Duterte lauds China in congress..baits the US

http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Duterte-lauds-China-in-congress-baits-the-US

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday played up the gains of his China-friendly foreign policy and renewed criticism of the U.S. during a joint session of parliament.

At the opening of the 17th congress, Duterte said agreeing to China’s demands to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea through dialogue had reduced tension in the contested waters, which are a vital international trade route rich in marine resources.

“We have cultivated warmer relations with China through bilateral dialogues and other mechanisms leading to easing of tensions between the two countries and improved the negotiating environment on the West Philippine Sea,” he said, using the Philippine name for part of the South China Sea.

Duterte has opted not to invoke a tribunal decision last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in the Netherlands in favor of the Philippines. The court rejected China’s unilateral claim to almost the entire South China Sea. Duterte’s soft response has been rewarded with major promises of aid from China.

“Thank you for your help,” he said, addressing Zhao Jianhua, China’s ambassador to Manila who was among diplomats listening to Duterte speak. The president then brought up the infamous Balangiga massacre in 1901 at the height of Philippine-American conflict. Guerrillas killed some 48 U.S. soldiers in Balangiga, a town in Samar in the central Philippines. The incident has been described as the worst single defeat in the country for the U.S. In retribution, Gen. Jacob Smith ordered the execution of everyone over ten, and the reduction of the town to a “howling wilderness”. Balangiga’s church bells, which the guerrillas used to signal the attack, were taken as booty.

“Those bells are reminders of the gallantry and heroism of our forebears who resisted the American colonizers and sacrificed their lives,” Duterte said. Two of the bells are on display at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, and the third is in a military museum at Camp Red Cloud in South Korea.

“Give us back those Balangiga bells,” Duterte demanded. “They are ours — they belong to the Philippines, they are part of our national heritage.” His listeners included lawmakers, officials, and diplomats, including Ambassador Kim Sung of the U.S.

Duterte also lashed out again at Barack Obama who while president criticized Duterte’s war on drugs. Over the past 13 months, thousands of alleged drug suspects have been killed by police and vigilantes. “Despite international and local pressures, the fight will not stop until those who deal in [drugs] understand that they have to cease,” said Duterte. “They have to stop because the alternatives are either jail or hell.”

Duterte is chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, and has said he is determined to promote the national interest on the international stage.

“We will strengthen and seek partnership with those who share our values,” Duterte said, as the state broadcaster aired photographs of him with China’s President Xi Jinping. “We will engage nations with full respect for the rule of law, sovereign equality and […] non-interference,” he said. “These are the principles that we are upholding as we advance throughout this year.”

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rodrigo doing well to still be alive..

“Give us back those Balangiga bells,”

hmm..

“We will engage nations with full respect for the rule of law, sovereign equality and […] non-interference,”

401

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~ by seeker401 on July 27, 2017.

One Response to “Duterte lauds China in congress..baits the US”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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