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Japan, Philippines vow to maintain rules-based maritime order

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"Japan, Philippines vow to maintain rules-based maritime order"

Great idea! But WHOSE rules?

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William BjornsonToday  11:31 am JST

"Japan, Philippines vow to maintain rules-based maritime order"

Great idea! But WHOSE rules?

The United Nations, UN branches and UN endorsed international conventions like the ICJ, ICC and PCA. IMO, UNCLOS, MARPOL. etc. Google is your friend.

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Japan, Philippines vow to maintain rules-based maritime order

Philippines? The country which last president (Duterte) allowed for possibly more than 30,000 extrajudicial killings?

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/23/victims-of-dutertes-drug-war-in-philippines-exhumed-as-leases-run-out-on-their-graves

Under Duterte did also the Philippines drift away from the US towards...China.

Philippines is incidentally also the country who just elected the son of a prior dictator (Ferdinand Marcos) who is up and roaring about whitewashing daddy's legacy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_abuses_of_the_Marcos_dictatorship

Based on the documentation of Amnesty International, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, and similar human rights monitoring entities, historians believe that the Marcos dictatorship was marked by 3,257 known extrajudicial killings,[4] 35,000 documented tortures, 77 'disappeared', and 70,000 incarcerations.

"Order everywhere", with a lot of emphasis on "order at home", I guess...

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This is pointless. Japan is just begging the Philippines for cheap oil, and gas to exploit.

Japan doesn't have the necessary access to capital for any expensive energy venture anymore. Weak Yen permanently destroys the national standing. China just successfully drilled two energy projects near the disputed seas, and Japan can't do a thing.

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The USA takes advantage of the Philippines and now so will Japan - again

I suspect the Philippines will become allies with China as some point in the future

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Very promising news.

Japan and The Philippines both share strong democratic principles, a belief in rules, law and order - and a very famous love of peace and freedom. Pretty much all the things that are despised in China.

Would love to see more donations from Japan to the Philippines of armed patrol boats and other weaponry to keep the Chinese in check.

I suspect the Philippines will become allies with China as some point in the future

Ask a Filipino what they think of China and Japan. Chalk and cheese. Filipino people love and look up to Japan as a role model nation.

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@ganbare Japan

Japan and The Philippines both share strong democratic principles, a belief in rules, law and order - and a very famous love of peace and freedom. Pretty much all the things that are despised in China.

Yeah, Philippine "democracy", eh...

Press freedom: ranks 147 out of 180

https://rsf.org/en/country/philippines

Corruption ranking: ranks 117 out of 180

https://tradingeconomics.com/philippines/corruption-rank

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Addition:

Freedom index: Philippines ranks 101 out of 160

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/freedom-index-by-country

Amnesty International's report:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/location/asia-and-the-pacific/south-east-asia-and-the-pacific/philippines/

But, yes, well, China IS worse...

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We know who calls the shots behind the scenes for the Phillippines and Japan, it's no secret if you research a little...in the Phillipines case incredible brutality was used in the early 20th century.

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Unfortunately Marco‘s is another paper tiger. The ruthless Duterte could not force the 200 plus Chinese vessels from the territorial waters of the Philippines. That area now belongs to China. As the expression in the Philippines goes “I sos marios!”

….”I give up!”

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The two countries can maintain with each other for their own, China has no signature or endorsing over it!

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@Fighto

Unfortunately for you the truth is ive lived and worked with them for decade and my experience is they haven't forgotten what Japan's war time actions in the Philippines did are tierd of the USA flimsy false protection and double standards.

Perhaps if you have been following Philippines politics concerning China you would understand my comment

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Unfortunately for you the truth is ive lived and worked with them for decade and my experience is they haven't forgotten what Japan's war time actions in the Philippines did are tierd of the USA flimsy false protection and double standards.

They haven't forgotten. IMO, what they've done is to forgive and move on.

Something which we all should be doing.

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