Another Foreign Policy triumph for the Obama Administration, not quite in the same league as Syria, Libya, Yemen or Ukraine but it could have far reaching consequences in the future.
After a long exchange of insults and negative comments with President Barack Hussein Obama and the US government, coupled with a pivot towards Beijing, it was only a matter of time before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte put an end to the speculation and announced that in the future his country would consider China its main ally and trading partner and would wind down the country’s long-standing diplomatic alliance with the USA.
Speaking during a visit to China’s capital, Duterte today announced his “separation” from the United States, telling an audience of Chinese officials and businessmen he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.
Duterte is in Beijing set up the political foundation for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate He told his audience “In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,”
Duterte’s announcement was applauded by Chinese and Philippine business people 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 added.
An even more dramatic admission came a few minutes later when Duterte also expressed his desire to expand the embryonic 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. Iran might have something to say about that of course, but as India, Pakistan and Indonesia work on improving relations with Russia and China it looks like the end of the US global hegemony dream.
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