Duterte Seeks Arms From China, Ends Joint Patrols With U.S.

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  1. Cossack25A1

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    Duterte Seeks Arms From China, Ends Joint Patrols With U.S.
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    Norman P Aquino

    Andreo Calonzo

    September 13, 2016 — 5:57 PM HKT
    Updated on September 13, 2016 — 6:44 PM HKT


    • Philippine leader says American-made jets of no use to him

    • Won’t join joint expeditions in disputed South China Sea
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s considering buying weapons from Russia and China while also ending joint patrols with U.S. forces in the South China Sea.

    In a televised speech Tuesday before military officers in Manila, Duterte said that two countries -- which he didn’t identify -- had agreed to give the Philippines a 25-year soft loan to buy military equipment. Later, he said that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and “technical people” in the armed forces would visit China and Russia “and see what’s best.”

    While Duterte said he didn’t want to cut the “umbilical cord” with his allies, the remarks were the latest to signal a shift away from the Philippine-U.S. defense treaty in place since 1951. Since engaging in a public spat with U.S. President Barack Obama last week, Duterte has denounced American military killings during the early days of colonial rule and called for U.S. forces to leave the southern island of Mindanao.

    “Duterte seems to be putting into action his latest remarks about trying to implement an independent foreign policy,” said Eduardo Tadem, a lecturer of Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines. “The problem is what’s the quid pro quo? What will the Chinese especially get in exchange?"

    On Tuesday, Duterte said the Philippines needs propeller-driven planes that it can use against insurgents and fight terrorists in Mindanao. He said he wanted to buy arms “where they are cheap and where there are no strings attached and it is transparent.”

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    More -> http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...china-for-weapons-ends-joint-patrols-with-u-s

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    Expect that a few years from now, the relations of the Philippines and the United States will be "beyond repair".
     
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    Wonderful news. The Philippines will benefit with this new approach to China. Now for the US navy in Subic Bay.
     
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    Duterte is playing it smart, he know we need the Philippines to have access to that region and he knows that the Chinese want the us out of the region. He plans to milk both cows at the same time. He is an interesting character that will change the playing field in SCS.
     
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    Just like how vietnam played in the vietnamese war

    "Thx for sending me 10 tanks China but the soviet union already gave me 20 tanks and they proved to be very useful in yesterdays battle!"
    in the next following months china gave 40 tanks to communist vietnam

    now if the philippines milk the two just like how communist vietnam milked china and USSR imagine the possibilities
     
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    Sometimes its work good, but sometimes "something goes wrong". Remember Yanukovich, Kadaffi, Saddam and Miloshevich - all of them has been trying to make "multivector politic".
     
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    Well you have a point but it will have a chance on sparking a world war if it fails and the world doesnt need another war but if taken delicately philippines would be already focusing on economy only while the US and Russia competes on who is best supplier in east asia.
     
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    There is other menace:
    First you drink with Russians, then you begin to sing Russian songs, and after time you became Russians.


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    I would choose Russian equipment than Chinese if the question only has me to choose between those two countries.
     
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    Russian equipment maybe slightly expensive but they are more reliable than what the US gives
     
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    Not really more expensive than US-made weapons (well weapons made after 1980s), but Russian weapons are reliable because if it weren't, then the US would have not joined the arms races with them in an attempt to make better weapons than the other side.

    I would rather have weapons from Russia than China if we are not going to get "new" weapons from the US.
     
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