The Explainer: How Manila is doubling down on Beijing

How Manila is doubling down on Beijing


Posted at Feb 01 2017 07:38 PM

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There’s been much talk on the prospects of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in the midst of a recalibration of the country’s foreign policy.

This week, President Rodrigo Duterte has upped the ante yet again over a bid for weapons and confusion over a supposed weapons depot.

Historian Manolo Quezon joins Mornings@ANC on Wednesday to weigh in on Manila’s propaganda coup against Beijing by rejecting an offer of missiles from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he came to the country for an official visit and asking for precision-guided weapons from China during a late-night press conference by Duterte.

“Beijing was right; Tokyo has been burned, and the reporting by Japanese media suggests they fully understand the President has cast his lot with Beijing,” he said.

“Washington was wrong, and the result was the public slapping of our military establishment late Sunday night,” he added.

Manuel L. Quezon III.

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