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US troops repel Philippine President want to change allies fame

13-09-2016 - 17:33 - 352 lượt xem

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Philippine President seems to attract the support of the people with more independent stance on security with key US allies.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday has left many people surprised, when declared wanted the entire task force is supporting US troops in counter-terrorism base in the province of Mindanao to draw water. The analyst said that this statement of Mr. Duterte could strengthen US - Philippines in tension, but it brought him fame in the population, according to RT.
 
Joseph Cheng, political analyst at the University of Hong Kong, this is only one of the spokesman "non-diplomatic" he Duterte launched recently aimed at the United States, a close ally of the oldest and the Philippines, expressing interest less dependent on Washington's security new leaders in Manila.
 
Since the withdrawal of most US military forces from the Philippines in the 1990s, many sectors in Philippine society no longer want to see US troops stationed in the country, even a small task force to support the fight terrorism in Mindanao. So, in his statement seemed to indulge Duterte "nationalism" of the people, thereby attracting the support and reputation in the new power, Cheng said.
 
It seems Mr. Duterte also want the implementation of a foreign policy more independent, does not want to rely too heavily on the patronage of the US security as the former President. The reduction of US influence will create more favorable to the Philippines in bilateral talks with China over disputed sovereignty over the South China Sea, as well as improve bilateral economic relations and possibly the recipient economics from Beijing.
 
As a new president took office just over two months, Mr. Duterte should take measures to strengthen and promote trust, the support of the people. Domestically, he launched a campaign to destroy drug crimes large scale, left nearly 3,000 people dead. Regarding foreign policy, it seems the new President of the Philippines wants to build its own identity and position, as opposed to his predecessors, by minded nationalist stance, and accept "ethnical" with US allies, Mr Cheng said.
 
During the meeting the police officials and the military yesterday, President Duterte said he refused to meet US President Barack Obama during the ASEAN summit in Laos as "not want to be in class" on the issue of human rights. Prior to that, he also said that would "swear" if Obama campaign criticized destroy drug crime in the Philippines.
 
Alliance threatens
 
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US Special Philippine military support in a security operation. Photo: MIO
 
The analysts of the journal MilitaryTimes said his spokesman's words Duterte likely threaten the prospects of military cooperation between the US and the Philippines. Tilghman noted that this is the first President of the Philippines issued a public statement protesting the US military presence in the country.
 
"Duterte is putting allied relations between the two countries at risk," said Patrick Cronin, director of the Asia Security Program - Pacific at the Center for New American Security in Washington, said.
 
Whether that Americans need to patiently wait to see if this is just a statement or is impulsive his long-term policy Duterte, Cronin maintains that the next Philippine president to clarify the form that he wanted relations has with the United States. "If you keep saying to anything devised in the beginning, he would destroy the relationship allies before realizing that," the expert said.
 
US military relations - Philippines has progressed well under Mr. Beniqno Aquino, his presidential predecessor Duterte. The two countries have announced plans to deploy US military forces based alternately in 5 of the Philippines, in the context of the dispute in the South China Sea more complicated.
 
US military leaders regarded the Philippines as a key ally in containing China as well as excessive territorial ambitions of Beijing in the South China Sea. US Special Forces are deployed to Mindanao to assist the Philippine military against Abu Sayyaff rebels in the south since 2002. The rebel group's leaders had sworn allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State (IS) from 2014.
 
A Pentagon spokesman said the two sides still do not have any formal discussions about changing the mission of US special forces in Mindanao, and so far he has not Duterte give any deadline for the withdrawal of US troops.
 
However, civilian officials and the US military to be able to meet this Mr. Duterte to discuss future military relations between the two countries, according to Mr. Cronin.
 
"We have to sit down with him and clarify everything that he wants. If he really wanted the US withdraw its troops from the southern Philippines, we will comply with that request," the expert stressed.
 
But experts point out one thing that if US Special receded, the Philippine military will almost "blind" to the activities of Abu Sayyaff rebels in the south as well as the activities of Chinese vessels off the coast northwest sea, because they can not afford the installation and operation of modern sensors to collect intelligence, reconnaissance broadly as US soldiers.
 
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US troops and Philippine Coast Guard maritime patrol. Photo: MIO
 
"That is the information system that only we can make to the Philippines. I do not think the President really wants Duterte dismissed the benefits of partnering with us in just a few words blurted out," Cronin emphasize.

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