Like Vietnam, Duterte Teams Up With Russia To Stop China

SOCHI, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 3, 2019: The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte attends the plenary session of the 16th annual meeting titled “The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order” and held by the Valdai Discussion Club at Polyana 1389 Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is beginning to learn a lesson or two from Vietnam in dealing with China’s aggression in the South China Sea: Team up with Russia’s  Rosneft to explore for oil and gas in Philippine waters being claimed by Beijing. That’s according to an article published in…

Duterte wants to study PH-Russia nuclear energy deal » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 12, 2019, 12:58 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang said President Duterte intends to first study a nuclear energy agreement the country entered into with a Russian company during his state visit to Moscow last week. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement following the 42nd Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang Friday evening. In a statement, Panelo said that Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi discussed the nuclear energy agreement with a Russian company. However, he said that the Memorandum…

China Building Leverage Over Duterte By Ignoring His Bloody Drug War

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and China’s leader Xi Jinping are like two people in a romantic relationship who will often overlook certain flaws in each other and only see the attractive features. Both countries could benefit from Duterte’s willingness to ignore Beijing’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea while Xi is gaining some leverage by ignoring the international response to Duterte’s bloody and deadly war on drugs. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist newspaper, said, “The Chinese government, which Mr. Duterte has embraced warmly, has…

Duterte struggles to sell his China pivot at home

SUBIC, Philippines — A five-minute speedboat ride from Luzon, Grande Island is one of the closest white sand beach resorts to the Philippine capital of Manila. Once part of a major U.S. naval base in the Pacific, it was handed back in the 1990s and taken over by the tourist trade. Last year, the local investors who hold the lease on the island agreed a deal with Sanya Group, a Chinese resort developer, who pledged to invest $298 million to turn the 44-hectare island into Manila’s answer to the Maldives.…

Duterte Reportedly Invited Rosneft to Conduct Oil Exploration in South China Sea

situation report 1 MIN READOct 8, 2019 | 18:23 GMT What Happened: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly invited Russian oil giant Rosneft to conduct oil exploration operations in the South China Sea during a visit to Moscow last week, the South China Morning Post reported Oct. 8. Why It Matters: Duterte has long attempted to maintain a diplomatic balancing act between China and the United States by diversifying Manila’s political and economic ties and courting third countries, such as Japan and Russia. If confirmed, encouraging Russian oil exploration in the South China…

Duterte finds ally in Mahathir on non-confrontation with China

Duterte finds ally in Mahathir on non-confrontation with China Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) – October 7, 2019 – 12:00am MOSCOW – President Duterte has found an ally in Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in his view against antagonizing China over concerns that would affect their dealings with Beijing. “I cannot fight China. It would be a war which I can never win,” the President said during his speech before the Filipino community here on Saturday before leaving for Davao City. “And that is what Mahathir, in my briefer the…

Does Duterte Know What He Is Doing?

SOCHI, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 3: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets Presideny of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte (L) during their talks prior to the Annual Meeting of Valdai International Discussion Club at mountain resort of Krasnaya Getty Images Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have a South China Sea strategy after all: trying to play Russia against China and both Russia and China against America; and get a few business deals in the process.  This is apparent from the trips he has made since he became President. “It is…