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MCentaur

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China's agenda in the Philippines
« on: April 02, 2019, 05:20:37 PM »
Perhaps this thread can be a repository of articles or discussion about China's overall agenda in the Philippines.

Apparently Digong wants to create the popular perception that China's agenda has no ulterior motives:

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Duterte: China just wants to be a friend of PH
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2019 09:45 PM
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday defended anew his administration's relationship with China, saying Beijing just wants to become a friend of the Philippines.

Since assuming the presidency, Duterte has chosen to forge closer ties with China, setting aside Manila’s dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.

Analysts say Duterte’s overtures to China has also hurt the Philippines long-standing alliance with the United States.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Malabon, Duterte said he turned to China because of American criticism to his war on drugs. He cited how the US government halted selling arms to the Philippines over human rights concerns.

You know… China just wants to be friend with us. Binigyan tayo ng baril, binigyan tayo ng bala. Pumunta ako doon because America failed to deliver what we ordered,”
Duterte said.

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Furthermore, he has to disparage the US again with his last quote above.  :o
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Chinese workers in the Philippines: how were they given work permits?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 10:46:33 PM »
In the book China in Africa by Chris Alden, the author points out several instances where the investments and projects brought in by Chinese companies that would have supposedly brought local benefits ended up seeing them bringing Chinese workers instead of employing locals, thus limiting the "trickle-down" benefits of any Chinese investment into those economies. The same thing is gradually happening in the Philippines.

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How were Chinese workers given work permits in PH?
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    Posted at Apr 03 2019 12:13 AM
    A group of Chinese nationals employed at a construction site in the country was given work permits despite rules that made them ineligible to hold jobs there. Immigration authorities now want to know how the Chinese got those permits. - The World Tonight, ANC, April 2, 2019
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"China is not our friend," says Philippine Senator Richard Gordon
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2019, 10:23:52 PM »
Apparently Senator Gordon has more balls than the current president to say what's really happening:

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Gordon says China not a friend
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Posted at Apr 07 2019 09:11 AM
MANILA - Beijing's actions are not that of a friend, Sen. Richard Gordon said, following the reported presence of hundreds of Chinese vessels in disputed waters off Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island).

The military recently expressed concern over the Chinese vessels that have been almost stationary near the island since January. The vessels are considered as "maritime militia", which sustains Beijing’s "assertive presence" in the area, said LTC Elpidio Factor of the Western Command.

"Sabi ng China kaibigan natin sila, pero a friend does not send hundreds of army, hundreds of navy, does not send hundreds of vessels to harass our fishermen in our territory," Gordon was quoted as saying in a statement released Saturday by his office.

(China said they're our friend, but a friend does not send hundreds of army, hundreds of navy, does not send hundreds of vessels to harass our fishermen in our territory.)


The Philippines should have a strong military and naval force or otherwise risk being "pushed around by other countries," he said.
 
Gordon said he pushed for 13 percent of the proceeds from the tax reform law to go to the military, on top of the budget from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, to ensure that soldiers will not go to war without the proper equipment.

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Re: China's agenda in the Philippines
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 12:29:07 PM »
Given his track record in his current term, he is flip-flopping. More like what comes out of his mouth will depend on his prospects at either reelection or moving up to the Presidency or Vice Presidency in 2022.