While Washington has been diverted by the Middle East and an acrimonious presidential election, Beijing has been scoring strategic coup after coup
As our media focused Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, China rolled out the red carpet for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who did a four-day tour of the world’s second largest economy. While at a business forum in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Duterte announced his nation’s “separation” from the U.S. “Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also,” he said, “America has lost.”
Remember, this statement was made by the leader of one of a pro-American nation, which is bound to the U.S. by a seven-decade-old defense alliance.
In an earlier interview with China’s state broadcaster CCTV, the combative Philippine leader, who has repeatedly referred to U.S. President Barack Obama as a “son of a whore,” said that “the only hope of the Philippines economically, I’ll be frank with you, is China.”
Actually, Duterte doesn’t like either Obama or Trump … You can listen to him tell them both ‘to go to hell’ here.
Bottom line: with the U.S. distracted by the Middle East and the media focused on the election, our country is losing at least one long-standing ally.
Meanwhile, in Thailand, junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha began joint military exercises with the Chinese last year. Thailand served as a staging ground for U.S. military operations in Vietnam. Technically, Thailand is still bound by a U.S. defense alliance, BUT the Thai government has also agreed to buy Chinese submarines….
Of course, we know that North Korea hates us…
Even Japan, which calls itself “the US’s. strongest ally in Asia”, is concerned over this election. Apparently, the Japanese give us about $2 billion per year to maintain the U.S. military presence there… I don’t know when Trump said, “We can’t defend Japan.” or if Trump was/is aware that they are apparently already paying for protection…. and I have no way to learn what his security briefings tell him.