Pilippine may become a closer friend for China while he is president.
Philippines can still maintain closer friends to Japan, as long as Japan doesn't twist this relationship to aim at and oppose other country.
Before Duterte started visiting Japan, he have already signed an immense investment deal worth $24 billion dollars with China.
Is Japan, the self proclaimed friend of Philippines, willing to invest as much, if not more, than that for the development of Philippines?
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Jugo de Manzana: days are numbered. Shouldn't be too long before he falls to a coup.
Well, it would be easier if he is the PM of Japan, the USA can just give him a pink slip, like Yukio Hatoyama.
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stormcrow: Disputes?! Are you kidding? That would be like the U.S. seizing Vancouver and telling the world that it was ironing things out with Canada, so no worries.
Eh, no. USA and Canada mutually recognizes Vancouver as part of Canada. So, it is not the same as the dispute between China and Philippine.
Also, USA have a Mutual Defense Treaty with Philippines. Would USA do nothing if China have taken what is considered solely belongs to Philippines?
If USA does nothing to defend Philippines sovereign integrity when Philippines have even joined its Asia Pivot to contain China then what else can Philippines do?
If you are the president of Philippines, what would you do that can realistically resolve this peacefully?
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wtfjapan: Sorry but I just cant see how this will benefit the Philippines, hes basically given up any sovereignty claims to the >disputed waters and the natural resources it holds,
Xi and Duterte said they will try to resolve the disputes through talks instead of war. In the end, it might lead to Philippine losing some dispute areas. But given the disparity between China and Philippines do you see a peaceful way for Philippines to win in this disputes?
China will only throw its dog scraps.
So far, the scraps is about $13.5 dollars loans and investments. And there will probably more in the future. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/20/1635602/philippines-sign-13.5b-deals-china Soon, Duterte will be visiting Japan. Lets see how much of a 'dog scraps' he will get there.
stormcrow: BTW, I haven't seen the U.S. carving off pieces of the Philippines for itself, but the same can't be said about China.
When there is a land/sea dispute , usually only one side become a winner. However, sometimes people can share. In the case of Scarborough Shoal, we will see if Philippines can convince China to let its fishermen fish there in the future.
Again, Japan claims to be friend of Philippines and wants Philippines to join its design to contain China, then we will have wait and see Japan willing to loan to Philippines for their developments in this friendship.
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Now he's saying that he only meant separating but not severing its ties with the U.S. What the hell does that mean?
It means he and his country does want to be part of that American's Asia Pivot that aims to contain China anymore. That he would want to have an independent foreign policy that benefits his country. However, he have no problem working together with the Americans as a fair and equal partner for the benefit of both nations.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans ... contain Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions.
Contain China this, Counter China influence China that.. It is what Japan do.
With Duterte winding up a trip to China where he announced his “separation” from the United States, Abe faces a delicate task to promote the closely aligned security goals of Tokyo and Washington without pushing the Philippine leader deeper into Beijing’s embrace.
Duterte and Xi already declared that they will try resolve their dispute peaceful through talks. So, what is this different goals from Tokyo and Washington?
Japan wants to explain its regional stance,
Which is USA tell Japan what to think and do and Japan obeys.
Duterte’s apparent cosying up to Beijing has both Tokyo and Washington worried that the commitment under former Philippine President Benigno Aquino to stand up to China in the hotly disputed waterway is under threat.
So, Duterte and Xi wants to resolve their dispute peaceful and Tokyo and Washington's commitment is under threat because of that?
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Japan was “sparing no effort” to get involved in the South China Sea issue, saying Japan was behind the times in the rapidly improving China-Philippines relationship.
Exactly. It seems Japan is getting nervous now China and Philippines are trying to become friend once again and resolve their dispute peacefully.
Abe will hold one-on-one talks with Duterte at his residence in Tokyo on Wednesday night following a larger, more formal meeting with senior officials, the sources said.
Something Abe doesn't want to say or show in public? Maybe Washington is relaying some demands through Abe and Abe will try to threat Duterte/Philippines.
Duterte visited Beijing first with an entourage of around 200 business people. On Thursday, he declared the United States had lost and he had “realigned” with China.
Maybe Duterte's thinking is that joining American's Asia Pivot is not as profitable as it was lead to believe. What have Philippines gained since joining the Pivot? Nothing. Except becoming the pawn that have been used by the Americans to agitate and attack China. Now, China have some of the largest permanent islands in South China Sea. And Philippines also lost the disputed Scarborough shoal and the fishing area around it.
Duterte has railed against U.S. criticism of his deadly war on drugs
How many years have the US being on War on Drugs and how many people have died from it? Will Philippines' War of Drugs get better result sooner than the American's? We will have to wait and see.
Duterte places “great value on the Philippines’ vibrant and dynamic relationship” with Japan, a Philippine government spokeswoman said ahead of the visit.
Philippines can have good relationship with China and Japan at the same time. Does Japan share this view?
“In regard to the problem in the South China Sea, we are looking reach a diplomatic solution through cooperation between with the countries involved,” Suga told a regular media briefing on Friday.
It is what Xi and Duterte is doing. They are trying to resolve it through peaceful talk, but Japan is apparently scared of this turn of event.
..“unilateral, dangerous and coercive actions” in the South China Sea.
Like how Japan unilaterally nationalize Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands(coincidentally, around the same time Japan joined American's Asia Pivot)?
“There is more Chinese assertion in the South China Sea and Japan has more worries it will do the same the same in the East China Sea,” said Alison Evans, deputy head of Asia Pacific Desk, Country Risk at IHS Markit. “Japan has to be more concerned now than six months ago.”
Yeah, without Philippines being on the front of American's Asia Pivot which it have to take the blunts/hits from China, now Japan will be at the front. Hope Japan will enjoy it when the time comes.
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May I know, why HONDA is not building a factory in it's own homeland ???.
Simply, Honda wants to make profit and stay competitive. China is a huge market and tons of money to be made there.
Even Boeing is deciding to set up an aircraft plants in China.
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From what was said by the Chinese side that indicates that are "angry"?
Nothing the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said seem to indicate that she/China was angry.
“What Japan has said and done once again lays bare their wrong attitude of not acknowledging history,”
Nothing out of line here. We've all seen and know Japan's continuing denials toward its past war atrocities, like the Nanjing Massacre, and the sex slaves.
"Not paying fees to UNESCO to exert pressure is irresponsible. They will not achieve their aims.”
Again, it is just the truth. Japan tries to persuade UNESCO to not list the Nanjing Massacre papers by threatening fee payments. And Hua Chunying is right, the threat won't work.
In any case, there is no reason for China to be angered. The Nanjing Massacre papers will be listed regardless whatever threats Japan uses against UNESCO. If anything, there are probably two other more appropriated emotions China feeling this: 1) Sad: Japan is still denying its historical war crimes and preventing these two countries from working together for their other common interests. 2)Happy: the immature ways of Japanese foreign polices, the way it thought threats against UNESCO world work. And, again, to the global communities, it shows Japan still haven't come to accept its past and still living in denial.
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When you don't have good relationship with your neighbors..
The International Olympic Committee played Japan against South Korea. Similarly , like USA played/playing Japan against China.
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Japan no longer has visions about the future, about anything, it's just playing catch up now.
It is hard for Japan to have a sound vision for the future when it doesn't have an independent foreign policy.
Just look at Japan when its leader visit Mongolia, Russia, SE Asian countries, African countries, etc, it is always to "counter Chinese influence."
Just last week, China finished Africa's first modern international electrical railway from Ethiopia to Djibouti which will benefits both of those countries for future developments. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37562177
Japan need to stop look at China's and Its relationship with other countries as a zero-sum game. Japan and China can have good relationship and influences with other countries at the same time. There is no country, including China, can stop Japan have a good relationship with Djibouti. Djibouti is a poor and under-developed countries and it can use all the help it can get for its infrastructure and civil developments. If Japan really wants/needs to "counter Chinese influence" then maybe it can help Djibouti develop too.
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And Abe replied : "Why make something never happened a central issue?"
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This is just one of many actions shows the past Japanese so-called apologies are insincere and that it will continue to cover-up and whitewash the atrocities it had committed in around Asia, including South Korea and China.
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i think finally japan has a true leader of strength and character, perhaps china and america could take lessons from abe . you cannot rule from a position of apologist weakness.
It takes way more strength, courage and honor to admit the fast and sincerely apologize then whatever the heck Abe, his wife and Japan government is doing right now.
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Within 24 hours, the apologies, however shallow they were, have been nullified.
really sad indeed.
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Anyone want to take a bid that it will cost more than 252 billion yen when it gets completed in 2020?
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To Abe and the Japanese government the support from the Japanese public is not as important as the support from the American government. So, all these rating sliding doesn't really matters.
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Remember the Asian currency crisis about 2 decades ago when Japan proposed the Asian Monetary Fund to help Asian countries to develop and defend itself from foreign currency attacks? Well, it would have been a good institution for Asian countries but it ultimate failed when Japan caved in and gave up when U.S. and other G-7 told Japan not to do it. U.S and other G-7 countries think it would be a competition for IMF.
Contrasts Japan's AMF to China's AIIB. China stayed its course even when U.S. and its allies pressured and attacked it. In the end, with the perseverance from China and other initial founding members, even American's allies are changing their mind and are going to join AIIB.
AIIB will help Asian countries develop their much needed infrastructures. As AIIB is an open institution and Japan is welcome to join it as a founding member.(even Vietnam and Philippine are founding members)
Will Japan become a founding member and have its voice heard on the table or will it be watching from outside the windows? It is up to Japan.
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The truth shall set you free.
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Corruptions and wastes like these will continue in the future as long as those are responsible are not held into account.
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