When World Superpowers Courts Pres. Duterte


What will happen when the world superpowers like the United States and China starts courting our very own President Rodrigo Duterte. Al Jazeera journalist Richard Javad Heydarian wrote a very interesting piece for Al Jazeera, one of the most popular news channel not only in the Middle East but also in Asia.


According to Richard Heydarian, who is known as a specialist in Asian geopolitical and economic affairs revealed that President did the right thing as President because he created a health balance in Philippine foreign relation.

The veteran political analyst noted the the Philippine President who served as Mayor of Davao City for two decades  is not seeking on decoupling from the West, and jumping into China's embrace, but instead he's looking for a healthy balance between te East and the West.

Pres. Duterte wants to make sure his country is not taken for granted, while extracting maximum benefits from superpowers courting his country.

The strategy of the Philippine President seems to be working, instead of estranging from the West, the strategy seems to have caught their attention like never before. For the first time in the history of the Philippines a strong leader showed the West that he is not just an ordinary chief executive but he is one of the most decisive in Asia.

One of the world's superpower, the Asian giant China has offered the Philippines major infrastructure investments, while offering "dialogue" to resolve the disputes in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea.

Aside from China, it's rival the United States of America was also courtin Pres. Duterte because Pres. Barrack Obma became the first head of state to personally call Mayor Duterte upon his election victory as Philippine President.

In order to show the US interests for Pres. Duterte, they dispatched two of its most senior diplomats to Manila in order to preserve one of its most valuable alliances in Asia. First, it was Kristie Kenney, counselor of the US State Department and former US ambassador to the Philippines, who sought to "start the conversation with the new Filipino government."

This month alone, the US dispatched two of its most senior diplomats to Manila in order to preserve one of its most valuable alliances in Asia. First, it was Kristie Kenney, counsellor of the US State Department and former US ambassador to the Philippines, who sought to "start the conversation with the new Filipino government".

Here's the Complete Opinion of the Al Jazeera Journalist


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