“Under the strategic vision and concerted efforts by both our leaders, China-Philippines relations have been building on the historic turnaround and ushering in a new era, or better known as another Golden Age,” Chinese Embassy political counselor Tan Qingsheng said this at a Christmas reception with the media. This disclosure comes after last year’s visit of the Du30 administration delegates to Beijing. This is where Bongbong Marcos was introduced as the new Vice President.
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[VIDEO]: More Chinese investors express interest to pour money in the Philippines. Aside from infrastructure projects, they are also interested in helping small and medium enterprises.
Times Improved Despite South China Sea Dispute
China’s envoy to the Philippines reaffirms Beijing’s support for Manila under the Du30 administration. He cites improved ties between the two nations. This despite the dispute over the South China Sea. Beijing hails the initiatives undertaken by the two countries in 2017. It also lauds the President’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program. This is where Chinese investment plays a key role.
Rebuilding Ties after Pnoy Admin’s Move
Du30 met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping twice this year. The effort intends to thaw ties between the Philippines and China. The relationship soured under the previous administration due to the Hague ruling. The two leaders first met in May during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China. They met again last month during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam.
Sectors to be Advanced
“Guided by such spirit, our two countries have taken concrete actions to advance our pragmatic cooperation in such priority areas as infrastructure, production capacity, investment, commerce, trade, agriculture and people-to-people exchange,” Tan said.
Golden Age Strategy
The President downplays the disputes as he seeks to improve trade and defense ties with Beijing. However, under the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, China agreed to negotiate a Code of Conduct to govern the waters under dispute by six parties. This diplomacy follows the same principle as Bongbong Marcos’ father. The Chinese did not forget that during the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ reign, both countries prosper in an era called the Golden Age. That’s why his son was applauded when Du30 introduced him as VP last year if he wins his case. The recount of his electoral protest against Leni Robredo is in February 2018.
Loyalists at a Bongbong Marcos Facebook page remember how he continued his father’s legacy in forging relationships with China. Marcos was at the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China Celebration. At this time of writing, it is still not confirmed if he is also in attendance for the 68th Anniversary event recently. However, the country’s relationship with China keeps Philippines safe from North Korea’s missile threat whose leader Kim Jong-Un is furious with America.
[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos, a strong advocate of bilateral talks between China and the Philippines, is invited as a VIP guest to the celebration of the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China. Makati City, 25 September 2015.
Cape Town Celebration
“For 68 years, the Chinese people have shaken the shackles of poverty by becoming the second-largest economy in the world.” These were the words of Consul-General Kang Yong at the Cape Town celebration of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Kang Yong welcomed more than 100 guests at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Its attendance includes Mayco members, members of the Cape Winelands municipality and the Chinese community.
Independent Foreign Policy
As he assumed control of the government, Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 announced that his administration would pursue an “independent foreign policy.” This pronouncement inspired debate on what an independent foreign policy actually means, especially in the context of the Asia-Pacific where there are tensions in the disputed South China Sea (SCS).
China Recognizes the President’s Plans
The new Philippine ambassador to China, Jose Sta. Romana provided a more detailed explanation of the elements in Du30’s independent foreign policy against the backdrop of the current dynamics of international affairs. It is the most comprehensive account of an independent foreign policy to come from a Du30 administration official thus far.
Detractors criticize the President for developing business relations with China and bad-mouthing the US. He even introduced Bongbong Marcos there as the new Vice President if he wins the electoral protest against Leni Robredo. If you think of it, Du30 is actually imposing a practical diplomacy. Since China tolerates North Korea’s missile tests by their continued gasoline supply, Kim Jong-Un won’t turn his fury on the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea despite the country’s long-time alliance with the US. Perhaps, that’s the reason why Guam is the target and Hokkaido in Japan serve as their testing ground.
Du30’s detractors are on full alert now that their drug war media propaganda is disregarded by international bodies. Now, they turn to the country’s friend since Marcos’ time, China. Liberal Party supporters now pay attention with the mortgage to China after the latter bestowed infrastructure loans to the administration without internal interference.
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A pro-LP media recently claimed that in the recent UNHRC universal periodic review for the Philippines, only China out of 47 countries believed Senator Allan Peter Cayetano’s defense on the alleged drug war human rights record. If the rest of the 46 countries did not buy Cayetano’s explanation just because they still urge the government to stop extra-judicial killings, why is EU now in support with the anti-illegal drugs campaign?
The president’s economic relation with China is criticized by the anti-Marcos people. They claimed that the friendship is no longer between the president and China. Those who oppose Bongbong Marcos’ return to power are scared that the Philippines now enters a new chapter in foreign relations as it fosters the relationship with its rival over its claims in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea. They consider this as mortgaging the country’s future for the second time after the Marcos regime to an economic giant. How can they be worried that China can expand communist imperialism this way when it was the late Noynoy Aquino who tolerated community rebels in the country to help destroy the golden age?
They criticize the agreements on Chinese infrastructure loans called the “Build, Build, Build.” This is no doubt the driver of the success of the Marcos governance. In fact, the late president highlighted in his. Gold reserves at the world bank can only be used to enhance public service for the welfare of the people. Projects such as infrastructure, education, and health care must be prioritized.
Why do the anti-Marcos politicians try to block the progress of the people? It is clear by now what former president Ferdinand Marcos said that pro-communist people are the once who deprive its citizens of the right to vote and social benefits. Therefore, it is clear that these Liberal Party players are the real communists hiding behind their improvised democracy.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that when it comes to South China Sea dispute, the people should pay more attention to the remarks of DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez. This is about the Philippines-China economic current ties instead of former President Fidel Ramos’ war threats. Ramos said that the Philippines can afford to launch an “economic war” with China in retaliation to their South China Sea illegal activities.
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[VIDEO]: Former President Fidel V. Ramos believes the Philippines can go on an “economic war” with China but only on a tiny scale after Beijing’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea.
Ramos’ Economic War
Ramos suggested what the President could do to fight back in the region’s dispute through an economic war with China on a very small basis. This could be in the form of promoting “what we can manufacture better than China,” he said. “If we are talking about a war on a tiny scale, maybe more on economics than anything else, yes we can go to war because it’s a reciprocal thing,” Ramos added.
Geng Shuang also said that the two countries have conducted cooperation in various fields since the current president offers his hands in friendship with China. “In this regard, I hope you will pay more attention to the recent remark of Secretary Ramon Lopez of Trade and Industry of the Philippines that the Philippine economy has gained from economic and trade cooperation with China,” Geng reiterated.
Beijing stressed that both President Du30 and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed on adhering to “good-neighborliness” and proper settlement of differences. This must be respected by former leaders of the country and its citizens. After all, the majority are for peace and not war.
Ramos’ Time was Over
With all due respect to former President Fidel V. Ramos, he had a lot of opportunities to solve the South China Sea dispute – but he had done nothing significant. Now, it’s the time of the new Philippine President Du30 and he should not meddle with the agreements of both countries for peace by criticizing the Filipino President’s actions on the issue through media.
The Philippine President said that the country’s South China Sea Dispute is between the Philippines and China. The US’s putting pressure in the region will not work. The Asian way is by means of bilateral talks – and he will not use ASEAN to push the nation’s claim.
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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte made the comments on the eve of him hosting a two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, and he confirmed he would not use the event to pressure China on its expansionism in the strategically vital waters.
Not Using ASEAN
The President made it clear that this time, the dispute will not be mentioned in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN summit. He stressed that he would not use the event to pressure China on its illegal expansionism in the strategically vital passageway waters.
China turns reefs and shoals in some areas claimed by the Philippines and other nations into artificial islands. It also installs military facilities there. China’s reclamation rattles other claimants which include ASEAN members like Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. The Filipino leader could very well take advantage of the hosted event – but opted to keep the friendship with China.
The United States has criticized China’s construction work. It warns against militarization in the waterway where $5 trillion in annual trade passes. They claim that it’s the freedom of navigation that they are after and would back the Philippines should the Filipinos insist on their sovereignty rights.
Not Helping to Ease Conflict
Du30’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III challenged China by filing a case at the Hague, a UN-backed tribunal to outlaw Beijing’s claims. The tribunal last year ruled largely in the Philippines’ favor but instead of helping to ease the troubles in the area, it has created more tension that can ignite China War. Therefore, the president concentrated more on economic ties with China and the latter supports the country’s drug war and infrastructure projects.