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Filipino Sen. Kit Tatad Tells Duterte: Rescind the Illegal Order That Allows U.S. Bases in the Philippines

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Sept. 9, 2016 (EIRNS)–Former Philippine Sentor Kit Tatad, in the context of reprimanding President Duterte for using foul language while defending Philippine sovereignty, makes the point that to actually end U.S. colonial power over the country he must rescind the EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement), the illegal executive decree rammed through by President Aquino on behalf of Obama in April 2014, which allows the U.S. to set up military bases all over the country. Tatad writes:

“Because EDCA is not a treaty but a mere executive agreement, DU30 [a nickname for Duterte] can revoke it anytime, if he wants to make a dramatic show of his political independence. However, there has been no hint of DU30 considering it. DU30’s desire to be seen as independent of any foreign power is admirable and deserves to succeed. But his words must be matched by deeds.”

Sen. Tatad then looks back to Marcos, in whose cabinet he served: “If he is looking for a model who spoke to the U.S. with dignity and honor without, in the least, appearing subservient or servile, he could probably take a leaf from Ferdinand Marcos. At the outset, Washington wanted to treat Marcos as some kind of a greenhouse plant. But although determined to be a strong and dependable U.S. ally, he was even more determined to stand on his own as a Filipino leader. And he showed it by deed.”

Tatad references Marcos’s rejection of Lyndon Johnson’s request in 1966 for Philippine combat troops to be sent to Vietnam, then adds:

“That same year, Marcos sought the reduction of the term of the 1947 Military Bases Agreement from 99 years to the next 25 years of the unexpired period. Later, Marcos asked that the bases be known as Philippine military bases, under the command of a Filipino commander, and over which the Philippine flag alone should fly, except in front of the U.S. barracks where the Stars and Stripes may also fly. Finally, Marcos demanded that the rent-free provision of the agreement be re-interpreted to allow the U.S. to provide an Economic Support Fund to the Philippine government.

“In 1975, Marcos accepted the One-China policy and opened diplomatic relations with Beijing — well ahead of the U.S.. In 1976, he normalized relations with Moscow.”

Ending EDCA now, before Obama starts a war, is indeed urgent.

China’s Navy Chief Demands U.S. Stop Provocations

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Nov. 20 (EIRNS)–China’s People’s Liberation Army naval commander Wu Shengli, meeting Wednesday in Shanghai with Admiral Scott Swift, head of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told him directly that the U.S. must stop the provocations in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy, he said, “bearing the bigger picture of bilateral ties in mind,” had exercised “maximum restraint” in the face of U.S. provocations, Xinhua reports today. Adm. Wu urged the U.S. to cherish the “good development” of ties between the countries, and “control” its maritime military operations. He commended Admiral Swift’s welcome visit to China as a sign that both sides attach great importance to the development and maintaining of the new type of major-country and military relations between the two sides, Xinhua said.

But, he added, “The U.S. conduct does not contribute to peace and stability in the South China Sea whatsoever. The U.S. cannot impose its own claims on other nations. It cannot sabotage other nations’ sovereignty and security.” He called the island-building by China “sensible, reasonable and legitimate,” adding that Chinese and U.S. navies should view their differences rationally, and avoid “situations of exigency.”

Admiral Swift, Xinhua reported, said the U.S. navy does not want the South China Sea to become an issue disrupting ties between the two sides, expressing hope that the two navies could maintain high-level exchanges and hold more joint drills.

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

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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

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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.”

China to Obama: The War Will Come to You

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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.