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In a jarring move that is now sending shockwaves across the globe, the President of the Philippines has made it clear his nation’s alliance with the United States is finished. And worse, the move pivots the Philippines to a newer, stronger alliance with China.
The announcement took place in a very public, very visible manner in Beijing. President Rodrigo Duterte clearly now views the United States as a weak, bankrupt and ineffective player on the world map. One he no longer views as necessary.
In fact, Duterte’s view is that the U.S. is now a hindrance to his nation’s ability to move forward in any coherent way.
More via AFP.
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte declared his “separation” from longstanding ally the United States in Beijing on Thursday, as he rebalances his country’s diplomacy towards China.
Duterte is in China for a four-day trip seen as confirming his tilt away from Washington and towards Beijing’s sphere of influence — and its deep pockets.
“I announce my separation from the United States,” he said to applause at a meeting in the Chinese capital.
“America does not control our lives. Enough bullshit,” he added in a rambling speech that flipped between languages.
“How can you be the most powerful industrial country when you owe China and you are not paying it?”
His comments came after he met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, with the two men pledging to enhance trust and friendship, while playing down a maritime dispute.
Xi called the two countries “neighbours across the sea” with “no reason for hostility or confrontation”, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Meanwhile Hillary Clinton is seeking the Presidency on a platform that virtually mirrors that of Barack Obama. Assuring that, if elected, the United States will continue to weaken, likely lose more allies and continue to lose footing in the world as an economic powerhouse.