Friday, October 21, 2016

I wonder if it's even going to be reported here in the mainstream media?

Thomas Williams

Have you seen where the Philippines President told Barack Obama and the US to go and take a flying leap and is now cozying up with China?

Ladies and Gentleman, Obama's policies are a complete mess.

This is a major problem for the USA foreign policy. Because as our progressive Democrats fret about bathroom feelings for the LGBT people real serious events are sweeping our country away.

I wonder if it's even going to be reported here in the mainstream media?

In Setback to U.S., Philippines Sets Aside Dispute With China

Southeast Asian nation moves further away from U.S., a treaty partner
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Thursday.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Thursday. PHOTO:EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Oct. 20, 2016 6:26 a.m. ET

BEIJING—China scored a diplomatic victory at the expense of the U.S. after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to set aside a fractious dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea in favor of expanding bilateral economic links.

In talks Thursday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, Mr. Duterte hailed their meeting as a “historic” step in improving bilateral ties, and welcomed Chinese efforts to deepen trade and investment cooperation with the Philippines, Chinese diplomats said.

The two leaders also had a “candid and friendly exchange of views” over the South China Sea, which brought China and the Philippines “back to the right track of dialogue and consultations to resolve relevant disputes,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

Thursday’s meeting underscored a dramatic reversal in China-Philippine ties, one that has been building since the coming to power in June of Mr. Duterte who has sought friendly relations with Beijing,while distancing himself from the U.S., a treaty ally.

A key part of Mr. Duterte’s pitch has been his willingness to play down an international arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, even though that decision handed Manila victory in a legal challenge filed by Mr. Duterte’s predecessor in 2013.

Such efforts have thrown Manila’s longstanding relationship with Washington into question, striking a blow to American prestige and potentially undercutting U.S.-led efforts to check China’s rising influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Both sides agreed that the South China Sea issue is not the sum total of the bilateral relationship,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters after Thursday’s meeting, video footage from the Associated Press showed.

Mr. Liu said Messrs. Xi and Duterte also didn’t discuss whether China would allow Filipino fishermen to return to Scarborough Shoal, a strategic outcrop in the South China Sea that is claimed by both governments and seized by Beijing in 2012, AP reported.

Instead Mr. Xi and Mr. Duterte focused on economic and security cooperation in Thursday’s talks, with China pledging to expand trade and investment links with the Philippines as part of its “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The two leaders also presided over the signing of bilateral agreements in areas spanning trade, infrastructure, tourism, drug control and coast-guard cooperation, Xinhua said.

Philippine presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said Mr. Duterte’s office would issue a statement later Thursday.

Mr. Liu, the Chinese diplomat, said China will lift restrictions on tropical-fruit imports from the Philippines and cancel a travel advisory that discouraged Chinese tourists from visiting the Southeast Asian nation, AP reported.

Thursday’s meeting came a day after Mr. Duterte told a gathering of Filipinos in Beijing that his administration would distance itself from the U.S. while accepting Chinese aid and investment.
“I will not go to America anymore. We’ll just be insulted there,” Mr. Duterte said late Wednesday. “No more American interference. No more American exercises.”

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