GOING CHINA

Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

THIS PARTICULAR week was greeted with unusually more news concerning China especially on diplomatic and business fronts where talks about President Rodrigo Duterte’s plans to accept more investments and trade deals with the said country have dominated the discussions.

From the looks of it, President Duterte is hell bent on making good his threats to open the country’s doors to China and even Russia on one hand while discarding ties with the United States and its western allies on the other.

While many diplomatic analysts believe that it is virtually impossible for us to fully close our doors from our traditional allies like the US, there is strong likelihood however that from here on the country’s established foreign policies would forever be altered.

In what appears to be a dig against the US, some members of China’s business delegations said they are planning to do more business here while describing the Philippines as a “valued friend and neighbor.”

The state-run CRRC Dalian revealed these plans when its officials recently visited the Philippines to affirm their “solid intent” to modernize the country’s aging railway system.

The Duterte administration is allotting P1-trillion to build more railway systems within the next six years, including the country’s first subway system to address perennial traffic congestions in Metro Manila.

President Duterte for his has nothing but praises for the resiliency, patience and good business acumen of the Chinese people telling a group of businessmen recently to follow the lead of their Chinese counterparts.

To up the ante, President Duterte even dared local telecommunications companies to improve their services or face new competitors from China even as he expressed disappointment over the slow and inefficient telecommunications services in the country.  

“If you do not do it right, you wait, I’m going to China,” he was quoted as saying adding that he will open up everything for competition. 

Whether President Duterte is leading the nation to a correct path or not is something for political scientists to debate and resolve on.

Certainly, only history can judge whether President Duterte will lead us to paradise or the road to perdition.

In a poker game, if he is making a bluff he better make sure that the opponent in the opposite table will fold.

Unfortunately, in the case of US it will surely make a call.

 

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