Philippine-China Relations

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana takes part in an interview at the defence offices in Manila on Feb. 7, 2017. (AFP Photo)

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH WITH WIRES Filippino President Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light to the U.S. military to build barracks and fuel depots in designated local camps where American forces are allowed to temporarily station under a 2014 defense pact, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday. The move is considered surprising as Duterte threatened last month to abrogate the agreement if the U.S. stores Read More …

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony in Beijing, China, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

By Erick San Juan Predictions for 2017 – Year of the Fire Rooster, don’t bode well for China. Although the Fire Rooster is the sign of dawn and awakening, it is said, “The union of the Fire elements with the Rooster’s Metal during 2017 will create great tensions, this will create an electric atmosphere that will intensify the actions of the leaders of several nations Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past two months Manila was abound with rumors of plots to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Among the first to hit the rumor mill was an allegation made by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco Jr., who said on September 30, 2016 that there were plans by the “Yellow Group” – in reference to the Liberal Party and supporters of former Read More …

The United States should be blamed for failing to thwart China’s expansion in the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday. PPD/Ace Morandante

By Alexis Romero The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The United States should be blamed for failing to thwart China’s expansion in the South China Sea, President Duterte said yesterday. The US failure to stop China’s island-building showed there was no serious concern about its militarization or reclamation work. The firebrand leader reiterated he wanted to avoid confrontation with China and saw no need for Read More …

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By Erick San Juan China appears to have installed weapons including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems – on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Last Wednesday, December 14, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a US think-tank, said that its findings come despite statements by the Chinese leadership that Beijing has no intention of militarizing the islands in Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States during his state visit to China, it shook the world. Not that it would have changed the balance of power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, but it was because of the abrupt – “strange,” I might say – way of which it was announced. But what is surreally baffling is Read More …

Duterte, Xi, and Putin.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In Philippine elections, presidential candidates are labeled according to their perceived political persuasion or ideological beliefs. However, political persuasion doesn’t really matter in Philippine politics because Filipino politicians change their political affiliations to suit their personal objectives. There are the “Amboys” (American Boys). There are the “balimbings” (political turncoats and opportunists). And there are the “Manchurian Candidates” (secretly aligned with China). Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The generals of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be texting each other, saying: “Did you hear what Digong was saying these days? LOL.” Another general would probably respond, “He’s a weakling like Obama. Hahaha… LOLOL.” Another one would probably say, “Well, they both can go to hell so we can take their countries… LMAO.” And President Xi Jinping would probably Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz As soon as the United Nations had awarded Benham Rise to the Philippines than China sets her eyes on this undersea landmass in the Philippine Sea. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), this 13-million-hectare area off the coast of Aurora province is potentially rich in mineral, natural gas deposits, and manganese nodules that are vital in the Read More …

“I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.” -- Manuel L. Quezon

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If not for three major mistakes, the Philippines would be strong today – politically, economically, and militarily. We could have taken the place of South Korea as the 11th biggest economic power or even Japan as the third biggest economic power. While Japan and the Philippines were devastated in World War II and South Korea ruined during the Korean War, Japan Read More …