Philippines re-embraces US troops

Via Reuters:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to scrap a two-decade-old troop deployment agreement with the United States due to political and other developments in the region, his foreign minister said on Tuesday,

The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which is central to one of Washington’s most important alliances in Asia, was due to take effect in August and was Duterte’s biggest move yet towards delivering on longstanding threats to downgrade ties with the Philippines’ former colonial ruler.

…Critics had said the suspension was a knee-jerk reaction that would weaken the Philippine military, denying it access to scores of annual training exercises, including expertise in tackling Islamist militants, natural disasters and maritime threats.

The official notice of the suspension said the decision was taken “in light of political and other developments in the region”. It did not specify what those were.

The obvious candidate is Chinese bellicosity. That said, Duterte is Trumpian-styled guy using “art of the deal”.

Can anyone fill us in on the details?

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  1. Chairman MeowMEMBER

    Smart Duterte. Giving neither the USA or China exactly what they want. Not playing with the big boys but 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 the big boys. I wish Australia’s politicians or hack journalists could be so intelligent

    • It’s not smart. The USA left at the behest of the shoe queen. Now they have a Chinese death star off Palawan. This is not a negotiation. It is capitulation.

  2. Duterte the strongman:

    March 21, 2017

    President Rodrigo Duterte relishes the image of killer-savior. He boasts of killing criminals with his own hand.

    Duterte posing with an Uzi submachine gun in 1994, when he was mayor

    Other strongmen:

    Netanyahu, Putin, Erdogan, Modi, Orban, Bolsonaro

    • Putting Orban in the same league is a sign of ignorance of the European politics and paying too much attention to EU liberal left media outlets.

  3. Big surprise…Good spin, but China is the cause. Dutiful Aussies to help…

  4. TailorTrashMEMBER

    Filipinos like embracing GIs …’s good business
    …..the Chinese bring their own brothels ….

    • Pinoys, yes. Duterte, no. Australia is lucky to have the PI between it and China. Otherwise you’d go to your masters.

      • Kodiak, you are right. The more countries China steps on, bumps and bruises before it get here the better for us. When fighting China eventually comes we’ll want plenty of regional allies, galvanised by their common dislike of the CCP’s heavy hand.