Netizen Explains Why China Doesn't Look At Us As Enemies Instead Helping Us to Fight Terrorism


A concerned netizen named Van Ybiernas shared his brilliant insights on why China doesn't look at us as enemies right now under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte and the main reasons why they are helping us on our fight against terrorism.


The concerned netizen explained that during the time of the Aquino administration, the Chinese government saw the Philippines as an American puppet, an errand boy sent by big, bad United States to harass them.

Right now the Philippine under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte made a surprising gestures that surprised some Western nations, Pres. Duterte wanted to pivot away from complete reliance to the United States and be less antagonistic towards China which resulted to billions of investments and millions of aid without strings attached.


The Chinese government will be supportive of the Philippines under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte as seen on their humanitarian aid and military assistance for Marawi City, but we should not expect China to be really helpful, because they don't want to help a potential enemy strong enough to fight them, they want to be nice to us, but not too nice.

Van Ybiernas also explained that the foreign policy and defense policy of the trio Duterte, Lorenzana and Cayetano seems to be light years better the moronic trio of Aquino, del Rosario and Gazmin during their respective terms. He also suggested that the Philippines should slowly develop the ability to effectively patrol our waters through the Coast Guard and not the Navy.

Here's the Brilliant Explanations of Van Ybiernas:

China doesn't look at us as the enemy. We're too small

During the Aquino administration, China saw us as an American puppet, an errand boy sent by big, bad United States to harass them.

Seriously, we are many decades away from being able to take credible control of the seas that are part of our 200-km exclusive economic zone. Decades of reliance on the United States' protection and benevolence is the reason for this weakness. In those years of friendship and alliance with the U.S. it was never the American intention to help us achieve the ability to protect our own territory independently. We might even say that the U.S. was making sure we continued to rely on them for our external defense.

Of course, our "friendship" with China won't be any better. China isn't going to help us become strong enough to resist their encroachment on the West Philippine Sea. However, China is the region's largest, richest and most powerful nation, and it doesn't really make sense for us to antagonize China.

The Duterte government decided that it wanted to pivot away from complete reliance to the United States and be less antagonistic towards China. That didn't sit well with the U.S. and their plans in the region. The American strategy ---at least during the Obama years--- was to avoid direct conflict with China. Instead, the U.S. wanted to mobilize its allies in the region to inflict a million paper cuts on China, which as mentioned pissed Beijing off against Manila and others who went along the American hub-and-spoke gameplan.

Things got ugly when Obama sought to keep Duterte in check by pressuring him through a shaming campaign, a non-stop barrage of criticism against alleged human rights violations committed during the early days of the country's War on Drugs. In addition, Obama also sought to use a strategy employed by his predecessors going back to the post-World War II era: use American money to bribe us. Or in this case, blackmail us. Sadly for Obama, American money isn't what it used to be. And the Philippines isn't as poor as it used to be.

Donald Trump is more conciliatory than Obama. As I mentioned in the past, he replaced the meddlesome Ambassador Goldberg with a more reserved Sung Kim. Also, the U.S. under Donald isn't as pushy as before. I figure it has more to do with Trump's massive domestic problems in the U.S. ---and therefore, he doesn't need more problems overseas--- rather than a real shift in American policy towards the Philippines, which I think has not changed.

China will be supportive of the Philippines under Duterte. We've seen the humanitarian aid and military assistance for Marawi. But don't expect China to be REALLY helpful. It would be anti-Sun Tzu for China to help its potential enemy become strong enough to fight it. China will be nice to us, but not too nice.

Thus, it's really up to us to make ourselves stronger. We need a foreign and defense policy that makes sense for us. Geopolitics is important but we're too weak to make that our primary focus. Our focus needs to be domestic security against the likes of the CPP-NPA-NDF, the Muslim secessionists and terrorists (they are sometimes separate and sometimes the same). But, our long-term vision needs to be focused on protecting our waters, which is not necessarily a military ---or naval--- concern. It SHOULD really be more of a Coast Guard matter. The Coast Guard, which is the police of our waters, is essentially a civilian force. Focusing on the Coast Guard sends the message that we are not militarizing our seas, unlike the stupid policy of Aquino, which highlighted the acquisition of bagong-lumang converted naval ships, which he and fellow Three Stooges members Albert del Rosario and Voltaire Gazmin amusingly (in a very idiotic fashion) brandished against China in the West Philippine Sea.

All in all, the trio of Duterte, Lorenzana and Cayetano seems to me light years better than the moronic trio of Aquino, del Rosario and Gazmin. We need to stay the course and slowly develop the ability to effectively patrol our waters THROUGH THE COAST GUARD, not the Navy (unless we want to antagonize our neighbors). This is the policy that makes sense.

Domestically, we need to weed out the terrorists in Mindanao and end the Communist insurgency and Islamic secessionist problems once and for all. Afterwards, we also need to shift away from a focus on the military to an enlargement of our police. The PNP needs to become bigger in number and resources. In the 21st century, at leeast, where countries all over the world are turning their backs from the Cold War geopolitical hangover and focusing instead on domestic issues, the threat of inter-state wars is dwindling. International Relations scholars have noticed this trend for at least two decades now: conflict is moving away from state versus state, and heading towards conflict WITHIN THE STATE. This is a trend that I think will continue for decades, and I think we need to re-calibrate our strategic thinking when it comes to security concerns.

Thus, after one year of the Duterte administration, I think we're headed in the right direction!

Mabuhay!

Source: Van Ybiernas FB Page


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