Editor's note: The Philippine President's unique way of saying things has all but prompted a dichotomy with exhaustive arguments relating to the feasibility of such decision. In this article, we cited bits and pieces of thoughts shared by columnist Narciso Reyes Jr., an international author and former diplomat who has lived in Beijing while serving as bureau chief of the Philippine News Agency for three years.
On the numerous instances that President Rodrigo Duterte has decidedly displayed his foul vocabulary to challenge the US, the UN, and the EU and sing praises to China, columnist Narciso Reyes Jr. opines that Duterte may be focusing on “sleeping with the wrong 'enemy'.”
Reyes said that while China currently displays a mellifluous economic future as a world superpower, it is also actually presenting a false sense of progress which is limited to the narrow coast. He suggested that “China's export-driven economy mostly depends on the EU and the US" which are the very nation groups that Duterte wishes to sever ties with.
This seems to appear as merely the President's way of diverting the Philippine friendship to China, an old time rival in the territories on the South China Sea and a perceived superpower in the making. But for some, the president seems to be burning bridges with old time allies to pave ways for new friendship - with China, no less.
While a friendship with China can prove beneficial for the Philippines in the long run due to the territorial dispute that is yet to be resolved and the fact that the sleeping giant makes up for a huge bulk of the Philippine export market and remittance revenue, the fact remains that the US, its economy and all its nuances, is stable enough to withstand all sorts of war - imagined or otherwise - in the globalized world of the present.
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