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New era in China ties seen with trip today

PRESIDENT Duterte opens today his four-day state visit to China, with a delegation that includes hundreds of businessmen, including some of the country’s top tycoons. He hopes to return with billions of dollars in investments and business agreements for the marketing of Philippine bananas, pineapples, and other products.

The visit is taking place only a few weeks after the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague ruled overwhelmingly against China’s claims in the South China Sea, declaring that its nine-dash-line claim to most of the sea has no legal basis and calling on China to respect the traditional fishing rights of Filipinos and other nations in the Scarborough Shoal, known to us as Panatag or Bajo de Masinloc, close to the Zambales coast.

From the beginning, China rejected the court proceedings and when it issued its ruling, China declared it does not recognize it. The President has no intention of raising the Arbitral Court decision in his China visit. But he said he would make an appeal for the Filipino fishermen.

Overshadowing these economic goals of the President’s visit are its political implications in the light of his repeated statements that it is time the Philippines had a more independent foreign policy, one that is not so dependent on the United States. He said the Philippines will be purchasing more of its arms requirements from China and Russia. He has also called for an end to the annual joint exercises between Philippines and American armed forces.

It may be significant to note that former President Fidel V. Ramos is not joining President Duterte’s visit, although he was only recently asked by the President to lead an unofficial goodwill trip to China in the wake of the Hague ruling.

At the end of his China visit on Friday, President Duterte hopes to come home with funding agreements with Chinese banks and private companies for railroads and other projects totaling $3 billion. We foresee a new era in our economic relations with China which, even now, is the biggest importer of Philippine goods.

We expect that the visit will also help President Duterte in forging a more independent foreign policy for the country – hopefully without giving up our close ties with the United States and other countries with which we have had long and close historical ties.

comments
  • janethaz

    kung sakaling kalabanin natin ang china…hindi naman natin kakayanin susuporta satin ang US? sino yung lugi? tayo din namang mga pilipino

  • vrixatot

    gumagawa ng paraan ang pangulo na makipag usap sa china para mapatupad ang Peace&unite

  • karmen ina

    hindi naman nating makipag away sa ibang bansa lalo na ang US at China, kaya nga demokrasya ang ginagawa nang pangulo ntin ngayon.

  • marian iloga

    peace and unite yan ang tanging ginagawa nang pangulo para mas maibalik saatin ang dapat nasa atin nang maayos.

  • maryann

    gumagawa ng maayos na paraan pangulo para maging maayos ang samahan ng bansang pilipinas at china.

  • sarah

    kung mkakatulong sa ating bansa ang china dapt lang pag tibayin ang samahan natin skanila.

    • dino natuto

      pinapabili ang ating bansa nyang presidente mong ugok!

  • narvaez

    naku naman digong wala ka tlagang pakinbang sakit sa ulo ang ginagawa mo!

    • adrin

      at sino ang my pakinabang yung mga dilawan mong amo na puro corrupt.

    • kevin bunga_nga

      mas masakit ka sa ulo wala ka naman na kwenta! hindi mo maisip ang sakripisyo na ginagawa ng leader natin.

  • philip monte

    malaking pag asa ito sa ating bansa.patuloy ang pag unlad ng pinas.

  • andrew#magdaong

    laht ng desisyon ni duterte ay tama huwag nalng tyo sknya humadlang pa!

    • reymart de leon

      marami lang talaga ksi ang epal dito sa ating bansa!

  • alona

    si Duterte ang tunay na matibay bukas ang kaisipan niya pra mabgyan ng lutas ang problema sa pilipinas.

  • Billy Boy

    Ganyan na nga ang mangyayari jan, marami na taung mapaghhingan ng tulong. Salamt Digong. Sana di mo kmi biguin gaya ng nagkaraang administrasyon.

  • ryan sy

    mas maganda na karatig na bansa muna tayo makipagkaibigan upang madli ang kalakalan o ugnayan sas pagitan ng mga bansa

  • max D.

    kung makikipagkaibigan tayo sa kanila malamang pauutangin tayo nyan ng malaki

    • KARL m.

      tapos maraming investor ang pupunta at makikikalakal sa atn