Nov 03 2016

Duterte and Buying US Arms

Does Duterte want to deal with the US in buying arms?

Oct 20, 2016 – Duterte

“In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States, both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way,” Duterte told his Beijing audience.

Nov 1, 2016 – USA

The U.S. has canceled a planned sale of more than 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines.

Nov 2, 2016 – Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chided the United States on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead.

Nov 3, 2016 – Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he’ll consider continuing to acquire weapons and defense equipment from the United States if his military recommends so, despite offers from China and Russia.

First he doesn’t want to deal with the USA, then when the USA says OK we won’t, he then complains because they don’t, and he then says he will.

Someone says ‘that is the way that Asians deal‘. Another person says “if you want to trade internationally you learn to do it the international way and stop pissing off the supplier“.

A Philippines Senator said: “This reaction from the US should have been expected, as US legislators have long been known to intervene in the sale of arms to allied countries that have poor human rights records or apparent state-tolerated use of violence against the civilian population.”


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