For the first time since 1993, the APEC-2018 summit ended without a final declaration. The US leaders spoke out against the fundamental principles of the WTO, although it was the United States that used the World Trade Organization to promote the ideas of globalism. However, after losing the competition, the Americans began to violate their own rules for the free movement of goods and capital. US Vice President Mike Pence dropped to ordinary blackmail: “We have set tariffs for Chinese goods at $ 250 billion and can double them. The United States will not change course, while China does not change its policy “.
It seems that not only the loss on the trade front causes the anger of the “Washington Regional Committee”, but also Beijing’s successful policy in the South-Asian region. First of all, we are talking about the Philippines, which had recently been called not only as the unsinkable “battleship” of the United States in the underbelly of the Middle Kingdom. Now this country demonstrates not only economic growth, but also a certain independence from the United States.
Its leader, Rodrigo Duterte, barely became head of the country, allowed himself to insult Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, with the words “born from a prostitute.” The head of the Philippines had every reason for this, given the Washington policy of “benevolent assimilation,” which plunged the country into a criminal, ultra-liberal chaos.
Manila turned away from Washington, then from Brussels. This is how President Duterte, who knows the real life of his citizens, reacted to pressure from the US and the EU, which opposed the tough struggle of the Philippine police against the island drug mafia.
In response, America tried to play a marked map of “territorial disputes” in order to win over the nationalists. However, the Philippines, by contrast, initiated negotiations with China on joint exploration of resources in the South China Sea precisely in the part that was an apple of discord with China.
Manila turned away from Washington, then from Brussels.
Rodrigo Duterte called friendship with China meeting the state interests of the two countries. He also said that the problems of the disputed islands should be addressed by diplomats, and the task of governments is to increase the well-being of their citizens. Otherwise, you do not defeat corruption, poverty, drug addiction, prostitution and, ultimately, the mafia.
And in fact, the very first rapprochement with Beijing led to a sharp influx of tourists from the Middle Kingdom, which gave a leap to the development of the service sector. At the end of this year, about 1 million Chinese will visit the Philippines, leaving hundreds of millions of yuan on the islands.
Immediately after the state visit of Rodrigo Duterte to China in 2016, the Central Bank of the Philippines recorded a “tsunami” of investments, including from offshore companies from Chinese and Hong Kong businessmen. Huge money has come in all sectors of the archipelago’s half-dead economy. Such a scheme insures investments, firstly, against American sanctions and, secondly, against the robberies of the local all-powerful mafia.
As a result, in areas with high economic activity there is an excessive demand for new housing. One of the largest Filipino developers, Ayala Land, reported an increase in sales of apartments and houses to Chinese buyers by 49.4% in 2017. Another well-known national developer, DMCI Holdings, reported that more than half of all its real estate operations along the Gulf of Manila fell on the citizens of the People’s Republic of China. As a result, construction in the Philippines is experiencing rapid growth. In 2016, the archipelago’s GDP increased by 6.9%, outperforming even the gross product of the Middle Kingdom in terms of growth rates.
The agency Bloomberg stated that the Philippines confidently included in the number of Asian economic tigers, which, in fact, never was under the rule of pro-American governments. Frederick Neumann, a spokesman for HSBC Holdings Plc, compared the activities of the former Manila administrations to anchorage.
In 2017, Philippine GDP jumped another 6.7%, which again put the country among the fastest growing economies in the world. Exports and imports increased by 18.6% and 17.5% respectively. Industry added 7.3%, despite the accelerated withdrawal of Western capital from the country. In general, such high rates are observed this year.
This happens because the Chinese government, unlike the “good American defenders”, is implementing large investment projects in the Philippines to build roads, bridges and ports, without which industry, commerce and agriculture cannot grow. “Trailer” in the country are private investment from China.
Of course, the Duterte government faces many difficulties, but there are plenty of problems in the most developed countries, including the United States. What is characteristic: Western experts in chorus argue that the current Philippine growth is worse than the former stability. Say, the country is threatened by the Venezuelan scenario. In general, there is an “overheating” of the economy, similar to the one that occurs in the PRC. However, if you look at the American and European predictions about the Middle Kingdom, made 3–5 and even 6 years ago, most of them predicted with the same certainty that the Asian dragon would die soon. It is curious to know: why is it then that the White House is forced to introduce trade barriers against Chinese exports, and not vice versa?
For the sake of justice, in Manila, however, it is possible that supporters of Washington will come to power. Over the long years of the puppet administrations in the archipelago, a class of influential landlords, corrupt security officials, bankers and pro-Western political activists has emerged.
It should be understood that the Washington propaganda on the islands was aimed at historical amnesia. Meanwhile, the Filipino-American War of 1899–1913 is only one point in the “track record” of the United States, which behaved like the Asia-Pacific Leviathan. The figure of Thomas Hobbes’ speech is relevant, both for the “scorched earth” policy of the 25th President of the United States, McKinley, and for the far-right liberalism imposed from across the ocean, which turned Manila into a terrible stone jungle.
When Rodrigo Duterte tried to restore at least some order in his country, he was immediately accused of violating human rights. But for some reason the US forgot that in 1899-1913 they were no different from the Nazis. Entire islands of the archipelago were depopulated as a result of their punitive expeditions. Then, at least 1.4 million Filipinos were exterminated by American soldiers. These figures were cited by the historian Luswimind Francisco on the basis of objective sources.
If we evaluate the relations of the Philippines and China after the Second World War, we can find parallels with what is happening now between Ukraine and Russia.
Recall that the Philippines was occupied by the Japanese, against whom the local Red Arm “Hukbalahap”, formed by the island communists, fought. It was her fighters who liberated Luzon in 1942 – the central part of the archipelago. Soon, the US military took control of the entire territory of the Philippines – first, as a situational ally of Hookbalahap, and then as its worst enemy.
As a result, the victory over the samurai was attributed to the new army of liberation, putting at the head of its puppet personalities. De facto, there was a military coup, after which the suppression of dissent and the persecution of immigrants from the Middle Kingdom began. Washington put the brainwashing on stream in order to discredit “Hukbalahap”, anti-Chinese sentiments were elevated to the rank of national security doctrine. The fact is that the “hooks” – the red partisans had close ties with the Chinese Communists.
Modern China, despite all the Western intrigues, is crowding the Americans. On the islands there were people who, firstly, intensified the fight against historical amnesia and, secondly, told about the economic successes of the Chinese Communist Party.
Rodrigo Duterte headed the local government solely because he was in the interests of his people. His fight against the drug mafia was directed, among other things, against pro-American criminal gangs, to which “services” Washington used regularly to crack down on objectionable politicians and journalists. Actually, that is why from Washington “Yaroslavna’s lament” rang out over the leaders and members of the most cruel gangs.
With a small exception, the same anti-people policy America today conducts and in the “Nezalezhnaya”. In Ukraine, industry, first of all, the military-industrial complex, was destroyed, landlordism flourished, dissent was suppressed, legality was replaced by a strong right, nationalism was encouraged, the Soviet past was denigrated and, most importantly, the territorial conflict swept with Russia.
Nevertheless, Moscow, using a unique Chinese experience in rapprochement with the Philippines, can establish a dialogue with Ukraine. This is at least. Too much still binds us. But for this, we need completely different efforts to increase the well-being of the Russians – for a clear example, and other “information front men” – so that they don’t hysterically on the screens of the main federal channels about what they are scoundrels, and we are great.