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Obama Renews Threats to China in Manila–Frustrated by Philippines Stalling on Re-Militarization


Nov. 17, 2015 (EIRNS)–Obama arrived in Manila to attend the APEC meeting last night. He spoke this morning at a naval base after touring the used Coast Guard cutter the US gave to the Philippines, which is the core ship of the nearly non-existent Philippine Navy, renewing his attacks and threats against China.

Obama: “We have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally the Philippines, who can count on the United States. My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation…. The ship that I just toured, a former U.S. Coast Guard vessel, helps the Philippines respond to disasters, perform counterterrorism missions and patrol the South China Sea. More capable navies and partnership with the United States are critical to the security of this region.”

Obama pledged to beef up the navies of the countries he hopes will join in challenging Chinese “aggression” — two ships to the Philippines (another Coast Guard cutter and a research vessel), and $259 million in new aid over the course of two years to the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

“If we’re going to continue to succeed in securing our nation and our allies, then we’re going to have to be a player and help establish the economic and security architecture in that region for this century and the centuries to come,” Obama blustered.

The NY Times coverage reveals how freaked out the Obama team is that the Philippines is blocking Obama’s plan to re-colonize the Philippines: “Mr. Obama made no mention of the agreement that the United States and the Philippines reached a year ago to open several bases on the island here to American personnel and equipment. That agreement has been delayed by legal wrangling and is awaiting a decision by the Philippine Supreme Court and that country’s legislature. Once approved, that agreement could mean a return of United States forces to the Subic Bay military base, which once served as the largest overseas outpost for the American military…. If the United States military returns to Subic Bay, it would provide a significant new base from which to assert its influence in the region. And it would be a powerful symbol of what the Obama administration calls its rebalance of foreign policy toward Asia.”

Obama Previews His Asia Trip with B-52 Bombers


Nov. 13, 2015 (EIRNS)–The B-52 bomber fly-by of Chinese islands in the South China Sea last weekend, is Obama’s idea of announcing his arrival. Even as the Philippines President, who is trying to patch up relations with China, announced that the South China Sea issue would not be on the agenda at the APEC meeting in Manila from Nov. 17-19, Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, told the US press corps that he wasn’t so sure. The subject will be “on the minds and lips” of the world leaders, said Earnest.

The official Global Times editorial today was not intimidated:

“First, China should not be afraid of further US provocations. We should quicken the pace to deploy a certain scale of military presence at the Nansha Islands, so as to offset the US threat.

“Second, we should not be afraid of the so-called alliance the US has formed against China in this area. The ‘alliance’ members do not act in the same direction. And Japan has a limited role in this issue.

“Third, China should not be afraid of the US attempting to use multilateral summits to preach its policies on the South China Sea disputes. It is impossible for the US to make such meetings China-bashing parties.

“Fourth, China should not fear any country bringing the South China Sea disputes to an international court of arbitration. The verdict is not binding for China.

“Five, we should not be afraid of unfriendly media reports on the South China Sea issue. Some of the Western media do not like China. They will pick one quarrel after another. China should get used to such an environment.

“Some thought that China will be in big trouble in the face of any provocation. But in fact, each provocation has enhanced China’s endurance and ability to react.”

Philippines Promises China: South China Sea Will Not Be on the APEC Agenda


Nov. 12, 2015 (EIRNS)–In another sign that the Philippines has seen the writing on the wall, President Aquino is reported in the Philippine Inquirer today to have told visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the South China Sea issue will not be on the agenda of the APEC Summit, which will be held in Manila from Nov. 17-19, with both Presidents Xi Jinping and Obama present.

The Inquirer article leads: “The Philippines will keep its mouth shut.”

Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Philippines, Charles Jose, told the Inquirer there were two reasons: “We have a pending case before the United Nations; and it is not the proper forum,” since the issue was a security question and APEC is an economic forum.  He added, however, that other countries (without naming Obama) “have every right to raise it.  We cannot stop other countries from discussing issues that they consider important.”

Jose said that “the Philippines remains committed to being a good host and making the visit [of Xi] productive, safe and comfortable.”

Sen. Ferdinand (Bong Bong) Marcos Jr. said on Wednesday: “I think we should take every opportunity to talk to the Chinese, be it formally, be it informally.  We have to come up with a solution between the Chinese and the Philippines….  As long as the two sides are talking, there is hope we can find a peaceful solution to the territorial dispute,” he said.

Marcos is the son of the former Philippines President who was regime-changed by George Shultz in 1986. He is also the VP candidate running with presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Santiago. She was the Senator who successfully organized the Philippine Senate this week to vote that the agreement between Obama and Aquino to allow the US military occupation of Philippines bases, must be considered a treaty, and thus must be approved by the Senate — which could very well reject it.

A brief prepared by US Sen. Mike Gravel for the Philippine Supreme Court against the US military occupation, was introduced to the Court this week and is being circulated to the Philippine Congress and press by the Philippine LaRouche Society.

One reason the Philippines is trying to make amends with China was the report today from the Philippines Statistics Authority that the country’s exports plummeted by 25% in September from the previous September’s. Much of the decline was due to the fact that China accounted for just 9.9 per cent of exports for the month, versus a 28.9 percent share in September 2014, as China-Philippines relations deteriorated, due to Aquino lining up with Obama to confront China militarily.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meanwhile, did not mince words in his meeting with Aquino and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.

“The key to solving this [the South China Sea issue] depends on the Philippines’ action,” Wang Yi said, “as it should undo what it has already done.  We hope the Philippines can make a wiser choice on this issue.”

China to Obama: The War Will Come to You


Nov. 12, 2015 (EIRNS)–The official Global Times issued a stark warning to Obama in a Nov. 11 editorial, titled “Washington losing leverage in S.China Sea.”

“If military tension breaks out in the Asia-Pacific between China and the US,” the editorial says, “which will deploy its sophisticated military equipment, the tension will probably extend to US military bases in remote places, even to its home soil, since China will also deploy its advanced weapon systems.”

The editorial also points to the dramatic meeting of ASEAN Plus defense ministers last week in Kuala Lumpur, where, they say, “many defense ministers from ASEAN countries refused to be railroaded by the US into releasing a joint statement that included content on the South China Sea. Washington should be aware how far its leverage goes on the issue. China has always stressed Sino-US cooperation to avoid conflicts between the two, but besides, it has other preparations. Therefore we build islands in the South China Sea as international law allows, regardless of US opposition.”

While Obama and the slavish US press pretend that Chinese “aggression” has pushed Southeast Asian nations towards the US for “protection,” the opposite is the case, as this editorial points out. Nearly everyone in Southeast Asia, including even some leading voices in the Philippines, recognize that Obama’s aggressive and provocative actions are the great danger in Asia, and are therefore strengthening their ties to China, while sending clear messages to Wasington that they will have no part in the confrontation with China.

Major Victory Against Obama’s Military Coup in the Philippines


Nov. 11, 2015 (EIRNS)–President Obama’s effort to essentially occupy the Philippines militarily as a base of operations against China was dealt a severe blow by the Philippine Senate Tuesday, just as the Noynoy Aquino puppet government and its largely subservient Supreme Court leaked that they were prepared to rule that the occupation was legal ON THE DAY BEFORE OBAMA ARRIVED IN MANILA for the annual APEC meeting on Nov. 17. The so-called EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement), was signed during an official state visit by Obama to the Philippines in April 2014, and the decision of the Philippines Supreme Court that the agreement was not a treaty, just an executive agreement, and thus both Constitutional and outside the jurisdiction of the Senate, was timed to essentially crown Obama the governor general of the Philippines upon his arrival, allowing the mass deployment of US air, land, and sea forces into Philippine military bases across the country.

In fact, the deployment has already begun, despite the Constitutional prohibition of such deployments.

It was learned today that the historic vote in the Philippines Senate on Tuesday, ruling that the EDCA is indeed a treaty and must be ratified by the Senate, was promoted by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago after Butch Valdes, the head of the Philippines LaRouche Society, was recognized on the floor of the Senate, along with three associates from the PINAS group (Philippines for Sovereignty) who have led the fight to stop the US military occupation.

On the same day, the PINAS group submitted the Friend of the Court brief written by LaRouche ally US Sen. Mike Gravel to the Philippines Supreme Court, arguing on moral, historical and political grounds that the Philippines must not submit to the US war policy. Even if the Court rules (as expected) that the EDCA is Constitutional, the Senate has now pre-empted their subservience to Obama. LaRouche networks and their allies will now mobilize the Philippine population and members of Congress to stop Obama in his tracks by shutting down this imperial ploy altogether.