'Our relations have now seen a rainbow after the rain,' – Chinese President Xi Jin Ping to the Philippines - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

'Our relations have now seen a rainbow after the rain,' – Chinese President Xi Jin Ping to the Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jin Ping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from BusinessWorld
November 20, 2018 marks the day that a Chinese President has returned to the Philippines for a state visit, 13 years after the then President Hu Jintao made a similar trip during the Arroyo administration.

This time, its Chinese President Xi Jin Ping that can be seen arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Tuesday noon for a 2 – day state visit, welcomed with a red carpet.

Ping was welcomed by Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Philippine’s Ambassador to China Chito Santa Romana, likewise Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua.

The Chinese President is expected to meet President Rodrigo Duterte along with his Cabinet members such as House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III. He will be the guest of honor at a State Banquet to held in Malacañang.

What matters To Filipinos

2 Major issues are at stake on Chinese President Xi Jin Ping’s visit to the Philippines:
Photo from Times Now
1.Fate of the West Philippine Sea – the Joint Exploration between Philippines and China for the West Philippines Sea is the highlight of the state visit. With the ongoing negotiation led by the President himself, China is seen to give a “bigger share” to the Philippines with willingness to grant loans to be used for further development.

2.Mitigating “debt trap” – both countries shall sign a Memorandum of Agreement with a sound trade strategy.

An Earlier report by online new agency, Rappler stated that “The visit also comes as the Philippines redefines its foreign policy, with Duterte vowing to move away from Washington (despite his men doing otherwise on the ground), and with Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr now classifying countries into 3: "friends," "enemies," and "false friends.””

Critics Slams Joint Exploration Deal

Both Philippines and China have prepared an agreement for a joint exploration in the ‘disputed’ sea lane with President Rodrigo Duterte the ruling from the United Nations (UN) – backed tribunal in exchange for better economic ties with ‘Asia’s largest economy’.
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While Malacañang on Tuesday said that it sees nothing wrong about drafting a proposed ‘deal’ with China, 2 Opposition Senators called on the government to be more ‘transparent’ in the process.

With China DRAFTING the deal, both opposition Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan believe that such move only violates the Philippine Constitution.

Both Senators argued that a portion of the South China Sea ALREADY belongs to the Philippines by virtue of a 2016 decision from the U.N. disproving China’s claims.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, clarified that “it doesn’t matter who drafted it.”

“You give us a draft and we will go over it. Even if China drafts it, it has to go over us,” Panelo said.

Panelo said that the President chose to set aside U.N’s ruling since he is more than aware enough that the Philippines cannot match China’s military and economic might but if other countries will urge China to comply with the ruling, the dynamics made to counter the dispute may evolve.

“From the point of view of the President, we can get things done by negotiating,” Panelo implied.


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Source: kami.com.ph