By Raïssa Robles
There is a very interesting article on the South China Sea conflict written by one of my editors, Debasish Roy Chowdhury. It is entitled Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte wants to be friends, why isn’t China playing ball?
Before he joined South China Morning Post desk, Chowdhury worked as a journalist right in the heart of China’s capital, Beijing. That stint gave him some experience in interpreting the sentiments of Beijing officials.
Two things struck me about his article.
First, he said “Duterte’s softly-softly approach stands in contrast to resentment in the country against what is seen as Chinese aggression in Philippine waters.”
This conclusion about resentment in the Philippines against Chinese aggression in Philippine waters came from Chowdhury’s recent conversations with Filipinos in the country. He was here recently to do a feature on the post- Marawi conflict where China is taking part.
The second thing that struck me about his article is when he said:
“Beijing is not entirely convinced of Duterte’s China pivot either. China was never under any illusion that the Philippines would ditch its ties with the US under any circumstances, says Zha Daojiong, a professor at the School of International Studies, Peking University. “We never sensed an ‘either US or China’ calculation on Duterte’s part.”
All that groveling by President Rodrigo Duterte toward China has not worked its magic?
Should he just try even harder or give up that supine pose?
You can read Chowdhury’s complete article by clicking on this link.
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My hubby Alan was so inspired by Duterte’s elaborate prostrations that he came up with this piece. Thank you, Mel, for reminding me to post this piece. Mel is one of the active members of Cyber Plaza Miranda on my site.
OPINION/SATIRE: Philippine military unveils dramatic new defense strategy: no fighting
Alan Robles — Hot Manila
The strategy was unveiled yesterday by the president’s personal military adviser, Wally Espiritu Sukoagad.
He explained that “if China attacks, Filipinos will defend their country by moving to another place, probably Russia, where they can get free Vkontakte to replace Facebook.”
But even before China can think of attacking, the Philippines will preempt it by suddenly striking first and giving Beijing anything and everything it wants.
“This is the Duterte Doctrine,” he said.
According to Sukoagad, the strategy was formulated after the administration’s top know-it-all bloggers were formed into a committee that carefully and extensively studed warfare, tactics, technology, history and global geopolitics.
He said the committee arrived at several conclusions.
“First, China was identified as the next possible opponent and aggressor.
“Second, they had to get a world map to find out where China was.
“Third, they then discovered one important thing: China is BIG. Holy Jesus, very big!”
To read the rest, please click on this link.