China’s Disinterest in Helping Philippines Will Have Important Consequences
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  • tarentius

    The Philippines are their own worst enemy. They have no military and refuse to take the necessary steps to strengthen their military alliance with the United States. Continued Philippines resistance to stationing American troops on Philippine soil because of domestic anti-Americanism, a minority view amongst the Filipino people at large, feckless, incompetent and corrupt politicians will continue to ensure that China treats them with contempt. The long standing affection the American people once had for the Filipino people has faded because of an inept Filipino foreign policy to the point that any American President would have a hard time convincing the American people to defend the Philippines from a Chinese incursion.
    Had American military personnel been stationed at Subic Bay, the Filipino people wouldn’t have had to wait for American military assistance to come all the way from Hong Kong. Instead they rely on an incompetent government. They are their own worst enemy.

  • MFinn

    You do NOT mean “disinterest,” Professor. It is Uninterest or lack of interest.

    • Doddles

      MFinn = pedantic arsehole.

  • Bruce

    Where’d Japan come up with $10 million? They are broker than the U.S. Oh yeah, they came up with it the same place the U.S. is coming up with it. They printed it.

  • Doddles

    A dangerous situation is developing in the region and a war which drags other countries in, whilst not yet inevitable, is certainly brewing. Australia, Britain and the USA need to be very careful indeed. Any historian who understands the multiplicity of causes of the WW1 can read the runes and see something similar developing. The disputed territories, gambles on who will support whom, incursions and border squabbles, imperialism and empire-building, trade protectionism, building up of navies….. It’s all there.

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