Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Those Conspiring Against Good China-Philippines Relations Are Committing National Homicide - Foreign Expert



China’s Ambassador to the Philippines Xiao Jinhua with President Rodrigo Duterte / Presidential photo file from Philstar


Geo-political expert Adam Garrie slammed those critics of President Rodrigo Duterte who were allegedly conspiring to damage the good relationship between China and the Philippines, describing it as ‘national homicide.’

Garrie cited that the recent banners prank reflects a dangerous and irresponsible policy on the part of the president’s opponents who seek open hostility against China.
Few days ago, banners reading “welcome to The Philippines, province of China” were found hanging in several roads of Metro Manila, on the exact second year anniversary of a UN arbitration ruling in favor of The Philippines regarding South China Sea.

China’s Ambassador to the Philippines Xiao Jinhua might have taken the act as offensive both to China and to Filipinos as he said:

“It’s kind of a vicious attack not only on the relations between our two countries but also on the independent foreign policy pursued by President Duterte and his administration…”

“It [the Philippines] has never been [a] part of China…not now, not ever”. Xiao added.

Garrie pointed out that it could be a great loss should China decides to outcast the Philippines.

“At present China’s One Belt–One Road initiative offers developing countries throughout the world but particularly in Asia, a chance to accelerate the pace of long term sustainable development more thoroughly than any other major international project in recent history let alone in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, with China looking to invest in economies throughout south east Asia, The Philippines stands to gain greatly by encouraging further Chinese investment throughout all regions of the country. “ the foreign expert wrote.*

He was also quick to question whether the Philippines could withstand being hostile to China that even economic giant like the United States might be also at risk of China’s protectionism stance.

Then the geo-political expert noted that statements from the opposition Liberal Party member Senator Antonio Trillanes IV which suggests that Philippines should ready its military for a possible confrontation with China.

Liberal Party Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / photo from Philstar

Even the foreign political analyst like Garrie knew that the Philippine military is still under-equipped at present, thus, it will be very difficult to take down China.

“attacking the Chinese superpower would not only be a suicide mission from a military point of view, but from a position of common sense it would be ludicrous as China continues to work with The Philippines as a positive partner for peace through prosperity inducing inter-connectivity initiatives.” Garrie wrote.*

“Chinese President Xi and Philippine President Duterte have shown a commitment to a partnership that can overcome any lingering disagreements. The fact that some in the Philippine opposition have compared the prospect of pan-Asian peace through prosperity to some kind of “surrender” belies the dangerous ignorance which underscores the Liberal political program (or lack thereof).” Garrie added.

Analyzing the situation, the biggest question for Garrie is: “would Filipinos benefit from having two nuclear superpowers destroy The Philippines in large scale war irrespective of which nuclear superpower won?”

Garrie, therefore, conclude that making China an enemy is “worse than national suicide but indeed metaphorical national homicide to cut The Philippines off from one of the best possible opportunities for development in the world as represented by China”

“A war with China would of course be literal homicide and the blood of the Filipinos shed in such a conflict would be on the hands of those who provoked such a conflict. At present it is Duterte’s opposition who seek such a provocation while Duterte has said on multiple occasions that China is a partner and a friend whose relationship with The Philippines ought to grow larger.” The foreign analyst added.

Garrie stressed that there is nothing dignified about making a developing country poorer by closing doors to opportunities in terms of economic advancements for the sake of “misplaced pride.”