Philippine president rodrigo duterte naps through asean summit with his hosts during his visit to the Philippines, at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, May 18, 2017. (Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte / AFP PHOTO / MARCELO PAGLO)
It will be tough to change minds around the region about Duterte, but in other respects, he does seem to have an answer to most concerns. He’s taken steps, he says, not in response to threats, but to build up what he believes will soon be an enduring friendship with China.
“There is always a tension. China doesn’t treat us the same way that the United States and America treat the Indians,” he tells me. “A few years ago, when the United States and Japan were threatening us with 부천출장마사지war, we could see them coming. In the past, we’ve been getting beaten by them. Now, I see them as friends.”
He is particularly proud of the friendship between China and India’s leadership: “The Chinese love them. The Indian leaders love them. They have become so much better friends over the years.”
It’s a remarkable and often-cordial alliance with China, whose people share many of the same religious and political beliefs, and yet its citizens have little in common with the more than 70 million people that co성남출장안마me from its most populous, western neighbour. India’s population of about 27 million, China’s, is only 1.4% of China’s, but the two countries share an interest in peace and stability, respect for human rights, tolerance and democratic values, which India does not.
The China-India friendship is also a key way for both countries to influence a rapidly changing Asia, a region that has become far more complex in recent decades and one dominated by China’s rise and influence. “China has made it very clear to us: This region must develop, China cannot be the leader,” says Zhang Rongqing, a political scientist at the National Defense University. “If our country continues to be very weak, there’s nothing China can do for us.”
It’s hard not to find parallels between Duterte’s China and Obama’s Ind창원 출장 안마ia. Both leaders rely on a massive oil and gas sector that helps keep their countries competitive and, for Obama, the Philippines’ strategic location, and strategic importance as a hub for free trade. But in Duterte, the US may see an Asian leader willing to challenge a powerful region and make peace. “I’m trying to develop China, because if I can do it, it wil