"America Has Lost" - Duterte Announces "Separation" From United States, Alligns With China; Seeks Alliance With Putin

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After the relentless barrage of verbal abuse and negative sentiment aimed at Barack Obama and the US, coupled with increasingly complimentary statements toward Beijing, it was only a matter of time before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte put an end to the speculation if and when he would officially pivot the country's long-held diplomatic alliance away from the US and toward China. He did so today when, during a visit to China's capital, Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

Duterte is currently in Beijing, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate.

"In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States," Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. "Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost."

Duterte's efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal in the Hague ruled that Beijing did not have historic rights to the South China Sea in a case brought by the previous administration in Manila, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30. As Reuters adds, his trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed during the China trip.

An even more dramatic admission came moments later when Duterte also voiced his desire to expand the newly hachced Asian axis to include Russia as well.

"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," Duterte told his Beijing audience.

Still, in keeping with the semi flip-flopping nature of his administration, a few hours after Duterte's speech, his top economic policymakers released a statement saying that, while Asian economic integration was "long overdue", that did not mean the Philippines was turning its back on the West.

"We will maintain relations with the West but we desire stronger integration with our neighbours," said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia in a joint statement. "We share the culture and a better understanding with our region. The Philippines is integrating with ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea."

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Unlike Obama's final arrival in China in the late summer which was met several very embarrassing logistical and diplomatic snafus, China pulled out all the stops to welcome Duterte, including a marching band complete with baton-twirling band master at his official greeting ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People, which is not extended to most leaders. President Xi Jinping, meeting Duterte earlier in the day, called the visit a "milestone" in ties. Xi told Duterte that China and the Philippines were brothers and they could "appropriately handle disputes", though he did not mention the South China Sea in remarks made in front of reporters.

"I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things," Xi said.

Following their meeting, during which Duterte said relations with China had entered a new "springtime", Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said the South China Sea issue was not the sum total of relations. "The two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed five years ago, that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the South China Sea issue," Liu said.

As a result of Duterte's pivot, China now has a key supporter in the ongoing geopolitical disagreement involving the contested territory in the South China Sea. China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. In 2012, China seized the disputed Scarborough Shoal and denied Philippine fishermen access to its fishing grounds.

Liu said the shoal was not mentioned and he did not answer a question about whether Philippine fishermen would be allowed there. He said both countries had agreed on coastguard and fisheries cooperation, but did not give details.

Duterte on Wednesday said the South China Sea arbitration case would "take the back seat" during talks, and that he would wait for the Chinese to bring up the issue rather than doing so himself. Xi said issues that could not be immediately be resolved should be set aside, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

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Meanwhile, anti-US sentiment is building in the Philippines, which is also not surprising, after Duterte previously called Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" and told his to "go to hell", while alluding to severing ties with the old colonial power. On Wednesday, to the cheers of hundreds of Filipinos in Beijing, Duterte said Philippine foreign policy was veering towards China. "I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there," Duterte said. "So time to say goodbye my friend."

As we reported earlier, about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Manila calling for the removal of U.S. troops from the southern island of Mindanao. As the standoff escalated, the local police ran over protesters who were preparing to storm the embassy.

As a result of this dramatic collapse in US-Philipinne relations, the next US president will have their hands full with not only the rapidly escalation standoff between Russia and the US in Syria, but will be rushing the mend relations with one of the oldest US allies in the Pacific rim.

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IridiumRebel's picture

Tack them on to the growing list of haters.

Thanks Obama

Keyser's picture

There are a lot of American expats in the Philippines that are shitting a brick right about now... 

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

That or celebrating.  I am not sure which.

Dutti's picture

Duterte is a great, courageous guy and smart too for including Russia and Putin into his realignment plans. Russians will love to spend their tourist $ in the Philippines.

 

gladih8r's picture

Duterte seems to have a pair made of brass, not a tiny pair made of rolled up tinfoil.  Good for him.

jaap's picture

Make the Philippines great again....

roxyNL's picture

 

Pax America has reached its peak, america is still the "greatest" power but it's declining !

The war on iraq/Afghanistan was the final blow, it's on the downward trend since then.

Afghanistan can retain its title as the empires graveyard.

 

 

ObamasYoYo's picture

Obama has finally succeeded in his mission of making the US the MOST respected country in the world. 

Where's MDB?  love to hear the lines of rediculous tripe on this one. 

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) ObamasYoYo Oct 20, 2016 10:57 AM

My wife has relatives in the Phillippines.  They aren't happy with this guy.  I'm not sure he is going to survive too long.

 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

The rest of the world is finally figuring out what most of us here in the US have known all along: King Nigger is a miserable cunt.

Déjà view's picture

Turkey...Taiwan...S. Korea...Japan...solve Korean division...France...Germany...Italy...

Bye-bye Pax Americana and $ reserve status.

'5 eyes' remain, very deeply indebted, colluding next conflict...beholden to their 21st. Century masters.

PrayingMantis's picture

 

 

... I posted this on another thread and it still applies here ...

 

... it simply makes a lot of sense ... ..."...a significant portion of the Philippine economy are owned by Chinese Filipinos ..."

... >>> ..."... Chinese Filipinos are one of the largest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia.[2] Sangleys—Filipinos with at least some Chinese ancestry—comprise 18-27% of the Philippine population, totaling up to 30 million people.[3][4] There are approximately 2 million Filipinos with pure Chinese ancestry, or around 2.5% of the population.[5]

Chinese Filipinos are represented in all levels of Philippine society and are integrated politically and economically. Chinese Filipinos are present within several commerce and business sectors in the Philippines and a few sources estimate companies which comprise a significant portion of the Philippine economy are owned by Chinese Filipinos, if one includes Sangleys.[6][7][8] ..."

read more here >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Filipino

 

... in stark contrast ...

 

..."... U.S. WAR CRIMES IN THE PHILIPPINES ...

... " ...The U.S. occupation of the Philippine Islands came about as a result of military operations against the Spanish Empire during the Spanish-American war of 1898-99.  The seizure of the Philippines by the United States, however, was not unplanned.  American eyes had been set on the Philippines since before the outbreak of war.  To many prominent Americans, establishing a colony in the Philippines was a logical extension of the nation's "manifest destiny" to play a leading role on the world stage.  An expanded American presence in Asia was also thought to have significant commercial advantages for the nation, since American companies could then participate directly in large Asian markets. ..."

... read more here >>> http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/war.crimes/US/U.S.Philippines.htm 

 

... I'd say it's about time that Duterte would seek alliances elsewhere for the benefit of the "remaining" Filipinos ( "remaining" because there was, and still is, a massive "brain drain" or mass migration of educated Filipinos to other countries because of highly poor living conditions. These Filipinos comprise most of collectively known as OFWs, Overseas Filipino Workers, many University educated too and the majority often relegated to "caregivers" (with university education) which after moving to other countries HK, Saudi, Middle East countries, Canada, US, etc.  have been subjected to massive cruelty, even rapes, etc.

... Duterte wanted to put a cork in the bottle to avoid further economic population erosion and mass migration of highly-trained Filipinos by creating better alliances within the region and cut the umbilical cord of US "democracy" which only brought the country continued pain and hardship since the 1800s.

  ... it is a known fact that virtually ALL former Philippine presidents (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_Philippines ) had been US puppets in every sense of the word.  They all gave in to every US whims, wishes and dictates, to avoid being "democracided" like they did to "we-came-we-saw-he-died" Gaddafi (et.al.) (https://www.rt.com/news/363525-western-leaders-gaddafi-libya/ ) ... the worst being Ferdinand Marcos and his shoe-loving and sex-addict wife Imelda ... the Philippine equivalent to Hiliary Clinton (although it would be a toss up who would be more evil). 

In the end, when Marcos was ousted, he and wife dropped a little hint that they will "talk" and blow the whistle on US/Philippine corruption while he was in office if the US would not save his ass from the violent masses (this is well documented). Thereafter, the US had to give in (took him by US helicopter on orders by US politicians) and place him and family in a Hawaiian mansion at US taxpayers' expense complete with a black 'Benz limo (now sitting in a las vegas collector museum) plus secret service detail.  Among some of the "corruptions", it was "mentioned" that most of the "US aid" (taxpayers' funds) to the Philippines during Marcos' time went back to the US ) less Marcos' "commissions" as a "foreign" contribution by the Philippine govt to the sitting political hacks running the US.

In essence, what Duterte is doing makes more sense than to remain as a puppet to the US under the current arrangement.  With China and/or Russia, he would open up job creation, trade and investments to millions of Filipinos ... besides, millions of them are already in HK and China as OFWs ... as well, the majority of Philippine corporations are Chinese-owned anyway.  If the few US corporations would leave the country, China and Russia would simply take over ... no big deal here.

 

The unemployment rate in the Philippines was "published" at 6.5% but I suspect it would be much higher ... around 20 to 30%.   And that folks is the reality in the Philippines where unemployment is very high ... (compare that to the "published"  unemployment rate of Obama's "victory lap"of  ... 5%? ... which in reality is about more than 20% ... here's my math ... if over 93 million is "out of the labor force" and a third are children not eligible to work yet, the working adults would amount to only a third of the population of around 3 hundred million; therefore, just do the math on the "actual" unemployment picture that Trump talks about.)

 

So, can you blame Duterte?

 

Go Trump!

 

 

CuttingEdge's picture

Yankee go home time?

One less reason the USA should have any interest in the South China Sea, on the basis that all 3 major countries at it's periphery now officially hate America's guts?

 

Nexus789's picture

To be expected given the US policy of endlessly fucking people over.

FGH's picture

OK, but wait till they get the Chinese policy of fucking people over.

History shows that is way,way worse.

philipat's picture

You are completely wrong. It is the US that bullies its "allies" into a one-way economic "cooperation". The Chinese, conversely, take no interst in the local politics and just get on with the process of doing business. Its economic support to partner countries, in exchange for guaranteed sources of needed commodities, goes into genuine valuable infrastructure projects not weapons and funds to support dictators. Just look at what has happened in Africa and increasingly in Eurasia. Now, I know which I would prefer. Americans are brainwashed to the point that they are in general clueless as to what is happeneing beyond its borders. Or even within them for that matter.

0b1knob's picture

You are all ignoring the simple explanation.

The Chinese just bought Duterte the same way they bought the Clintons back in the 909s.

HowdyDoody's picture

Along with the military leadership and the top levels of the Philippino business class who also attended the meeting?

What did they buy them with? USD? Gold? Nah, they used the ultimate weapon - open trade.

 

 

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) Déjà view Oct 20, 2016 3:26 PM

Good for him.  Fuck the JWO.

mkkby's picture

We are only getting half the story here.  Which *diplomat* in the kenyan nigger's state department insulted this guy enough to bring this on?  The cunt has been gone a long time, so some other sociopath must be fucking with everyone.

What ever the cause, I like this guy.  See a drug dealer, shoot him on sight and get a medal.  I would add, see a rapist/looter...

 

Lorota's picture

He is just a puppet.

Quantum Bunk's picture

Mine does too. The US has done sweet fuck all nothing for the Phills. No infrastructure loans. No advice to help the economy.

 

why not try China ? See what they have to offer.

 

If China offers more than just a few thousand Seppo's with money to spend in the red light districts, it would be more than what the you US is offering now

buttmint's picture

Spain and USA fucked over PI very good by introducing CATHOLICISM to PI and VietNam. The Vatican fucks over way more countries than USA. 

Put it this way---the priests and mindset of an afterlife with an all-knowing God are the forward shock troops to fuck over an indigineous people. The only way that PI operates is with remittances...yes, Flippos departing their fucked-up homeland and cleaning your toilet and kitchen. Flippos are hard workers. In the final analysis---they LOVE their crazy Catholicism.

The Vatican has lotsa blood and stolen gold on their hands.....

French Bloke's picture

You are not wrong in your summary re the Vatican. But worry not, those nice Islamists have already started incursions (2 years ago) that the Flip Army have had to engage. Read into this a future influx of ISIS fighters backed by you know who...? Good luck Duterte. I really mean that. I hope China will be able to help you out with the American backed insurgency to come.

Justin Case's picture

started incursions (2 years ago)

As far as I'm aware it's at least over a decade, but it's prob longer than that.Beaware that Philippines will align themselves with China and Russia who are fighting the terrorists not supporting them. The Chinese can spare military support to protect it's interests, the people, which most are Chinese descendants and in China's economic sphere. China will promote tourisim which is great for the Philippines, cash flow in.

The rest is speculation , assumption and fear porn. Merica has higher probabilities and evidence that disgruntled terrorist will turn on their pay masters.

Chuck Walla's picture

The HUKs were responsible for John Browning dreaming up the 1911 .45. Islam has been killing in the PI for over a century.

FORWARD SOVIET!

 

The PI was good Liberty once.  Po Town!

eatthebanksters's picture

More great foreign policy by the Obozo admin....but yes, we have opened the door for Cuba, even as they laugh at our stupidity.  Fuck me, when was the last time you met some cocky arrogant motherfucker that was so full of himslef and thought he was so fucking smart that he fucked shit up for himself and his posse...I wonder if Obozo has any Custer genes in his blood?

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

92% approval ratings from the locals.

CPR Steps_30 pumps_2 breaths_then repeat's picture

And the other 8% will soon be dead. 

NoDebt's picture

"And the other 8% will soon be dead. "

Addition by subtraction?  

booboo's picture

Flip Muslim terror cells are pissed about this, they will lose their CIA funding now and maybe their heads as well cause homey don't play that shit.

Bay Area Guy's picture

My brother-in-law has a Filipino girlfriend who has family back there. The family reports this guy has about an 80% approval rating.

Justin Case's picture

Snipit from Millenium Report

Just one thing merica did for the Philippine peoples. They robbed the poor country and want to keep it that way.

911 all of these illegal activities were threatened with exposure by various investigations of Swiss accounts by U.S. federal agencies, and possibly the New York State Tax department. The accounts that were attracting the most investigative evidence were the Khashoggi accounts, which were used to hide proceeds from the transfer of the Philippine treasury stolen by Ferdinand Marcos, with the assistance of George Bush Sr. Khashoggi’s accounts were linked, through his Azerbaijani banks, to illegal funding of mercenaries in Central Asia, and probably the Afghan heroin trade, as well his connections of arranging terrorist events for the Russians. However, the Russian accounts were rapidly drawing attention as well.

Demonstrations in Manila at the US embassy want Philippine's own foreign policy, not dicktated by DC. The Philippines was the merican military's play ground. There was a case where soldiers gang raped a 14 yr old and dumped her body in a remote area, left to die, but someone found her. Philippines wanted them tried in Philippine court system, but military quickly shipped the shit home, where everything went hush, and maybe a slap on the wrist. Same in Okinawa, protests from thousands of people, want military base closed. Too many girls getting raped and bodies dumped. Impaired drivers running people over and collisions. Bad soldiers go back to base and no restitution for the victimized families.

merica has become a criminal syndicate and needs to be neutered ASAP. It was great nation at one time, but today is just an illusion of the past. It's population has grown fat and ignorant. The deep state has taken over and the elections have become meaningless. Undesirables are assassinated, not just foreign countries but their own people including Presidents.

And my wife is in the Philippines right now. Vast majority 80%, population supports the Presidents efforts.

DjangoCat's picture

Merica has been a criminal state since Allan Dulles took over the CIA.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Many world leaders admire the Chinese and Russian leadership system - ruler for life.

Justin Case's picture

It's better than having a demeaning circus of candidates displayed on the world stage. It belittles the intelligence of the mericans.

A fresh economic rapist is in the white hut and what? This time is different? Bullshit. It will continue to evolve the way the Rothschild say. Otherwise you end up like Kennedy, in a pine box.

China and Russia are doing fine as far as I can see. No riots or poverty levels like in merica. Infrastructurea are good. Silk road moving along, economic ties expanding in Eurasia, manufacturing and technology is expanding. China has developed the most powerful computers in the world and Russia gets mericans into space and builds them engines and reprocesses merican plutonium, with Russian technology. Russian fighter plane T-50 flies and is the most advanced fifth generation platform. Buyers lining up while the merican trillion dollar runway queens still having issues. Killed more pilots than enemies.

To accomplish the above requires true leadership. merica is a rudderless ship for the last 30 years and are sailing into the sunset, where empires go to die.

consider me gone's picture

I spoke with a girl in my office who is Philippine. She just got back and said the same thing. Down vote me you America hating fuckers. Do you think I give a shit what you think? Go to fucking China, go to fucking Russia if its so fucking great. Silence... Just what I fucking thought. Nobody is more pissed at the.USSA than I, but I won't be kissing Communist ass or that criminal Putin  any time soon. Be sure to wear your Che shirts so everyone knows how communist chic you are. Asswipes!

MEFOBILLS's picture

China really isn't a communist country anymore.  They no longer have a command economy.  They retained their state banks and channel credit into market commons, which is a form of command - but this is reasonable as it leaves behind productive infrastructure that China's private economy can use.

Inelastic markets in China have been privatized for the most part.  This is definately not communistic control.  

Yes, they have one political party...so what?  Under a "King" system, as in the past, there was no political party.  Founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson,  did not want to see political parties come into being.  

Competing forces can be balanced outside of a party system.  Hungary had a constitutional kingdom that lasted over 1000 years...no real political parties vying for control.

With regards to Putin being a criminal, please tell us your sources?  Just saying something doesn't make it so.

That public school education is showing.

brewing's picture

can we consider you gone...

JRobby's picture

How many pairs of shoes does he have? Let's start there.

kalliste23's picture

My wife has relatives in the Philippines and I was there for the month of August.  Her relatives and everyone else I asked are fans of Duterte which accounts to a fairly large number of people.  A large proportion of her Facebook friends continue to post approvingly about Duterte.

You are bullshitting.  He is very popular.

kiwigal's picture

Any sane person would see that he is a dangerous nut job like his pal in North Korea. Some extremely anti American people on this site. 

Allen_H's picture

BREAKING: U$I$ shoots down terrorist USSA aircraft in northeastern Syria (A case of Friendly Fire then)

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-isis-shoots-us-aircraft-no...

larz's picture

"Stop whining" spoken in the ignorance is bliss arrogant way that only the magic nigger can

zen0's picture

The end of America the Empire will be dated to 9/11. 

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Pax Americana. "They made a desert, and called it peace" Tacitus 79 A.D.

qomolangma's picture

PAX AMERICANA, The full line: "To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace." - Tacitus (79 CE)

godiva chocolate's picture

US declined on its own accord.  Its populace became corrupt, underhanded and immoral and the laws were twisted to allow it. This is what has defined the course the US has taken for the last few decades.  All empires decay when the populace loses the ideals and values that made it thrive in the first place.  The mindset of the average American today is a lot different than it was 75 years ago.