Monday, May 22, 2017

Duterte favors Russia and China ties: 'West is just double talk'

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive in Russia on May 22, 2017 (Tuesday) for a five-day visit, but he already spoke ahead to Russian media of his preference for Philippine alliance with Russia and China because Western nations tend to disregard domestic interests and are full of “double talk”.

“I have nothing against America, [US President Donald] Trump is my friend. But my foreign policy has shifted. I want to deal with China and Russia. Because in Western world, it’s double talk,” he said.

Duterte expressed disappointment over how the US still treats the Philippines as its colony despite being an independent nation, thus making it difficult to maintain an alliance.

“You treat me as if I’m your colony still. You must be kidding! We’re an independent country. I want my country to be treated with dignity,” he said.

Duterte is set to receive military aid from China and Russia after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had signed a letter of intent to Chinese arms manufacturer Poly Technologies for weapon purchases in the future and Duterte will be signing a similar agreement in Russia.

The Philippines used to purchase military needs from the US, but the hampering “conditions” forced Duterte to opt against it.

“If my country collapses, who will bring it back? The US? We need weapons. Russia sells weapons, no conditions. With the US it’s a different story. They make conditions. But I’m not gonna stand on bended knees,” Duterte said.

The President voiced his concern about having to be in conflict against China if he continues to align with the US.

“They want me to fight China. With what? Do I have cruise missiles? It’s gonna be a massacre! And then what? We’ll sit at the bargaining table and be like – I want this, and they say I want that. Do I look stupid?” he said.

Source: RT.com


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