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China and the Philippines have deftly resolved disputes and are working setbacks and the deterioration of the China-Philippine relationship and and cooperation rather than conflict, to improve relations with China and to. Philippines president talks of resolving South China Sea dispute through dialogue alliance as relations with the US, a longstanding ally, deteriorate. the US, after being infuriated by its criticism of his bloody war on drugs. The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases.
During President Jiang Zemin's state visit to the Philippines inleaders of the two countries agreed to establish a cooperative relationship based on good-neighborliness and mutual trust towards the 21st century, and reached important consensus and understanding of "Shelving disputes and going in for joint development" on the issue of South China Sea.
InChina and the Philippines signed the "Joint Statement Between China and the Philippines on the Framework of Bilateral Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century", which confirmed that the two sides will establish a long-term and stable relationship on the basis of good neighborliness, cooperation, mutual trust and benefit. During President Hu Jintao's state visit to the Philippines inboth countries are determined to establish the strategic and cooperative relations that aim at the peace and development.
During Premier Wen Jiabao's official visit to the Philippines in Januaryboth sides issued a joint statement, reaffirming the commitment of taking further steps to deepen the strategic and cooperative relationship for peace and development between the two countries. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines set up a consultation mechanism inand 15 rounds of diplomatic consultations have been held since then.
Apart from reciprocal establishment of EmbassiesChina has a consulate general in Cebuand established a consulate office in Laoag in April In February 19, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte told an audience of Chinese businessmen that he intends to make the Philippines a 'province of China', sparking outrage nationwide. Bamboo network Binondothe oldest chinatown in the world and an important business center in Manila Bilateral trade volume in was From January to Octoberbilateral trade volume reached By the end of Septemberthe actually utilized value of accumulative investment from the Philippines to China reached 2.
China's transformation into a major economic power in the 21st century has led to an increase of foreign investments in the bamboo networka network of overseas Chinese businesses operating in the markets of Southeast Asia that share common family and cultural ties.
Clearly, the confrontational dynamics brought about an increasingly painful situation for China that also threatened its aim of getting respected as a benign leading power with global aspirations. This came not necessarily as a shock, as it had been anticipated by some time. It nevertheless made obvious that China had arrived at a dead end with ever-mounting costs and low return in exchange.
The Aquino-government focused on the Philippine gains by resorting to arbitration in its evaluation of the situation. However, it also became clear that the Philippine strategy resulted in serious burdens to the Philippines.
A “Ripe Moment” by Accident? The Turn-Around in Sino-Philippine Relations
First, the accompanying deterioration of Sino-Philippine relations had serious consequences with respect to Philippine export. Further, whereas China ventilated a host of lucrative options for other Southeast Asian countries in the context of its Belt and Road initiativethe Philippines were left out in the cold. Worse, these losses were not compensated by enhanced economic opportunities with the traditional trading partners of the Philippines.
While the United States, but also Japan, Australia or the EU voiced political support, this did not translate in a significant increase of financial support.
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Finally, nobody had any idea about how to enforce the ruling without running the risk of military clashes with China. In the event of a military escalation, U.2018/11/20: China and Philippines cement ties, eye for common interests
To the new Philippine government lead by Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines were the big looser in reals terms, even though they won the legal case. We were winning the argument of the rule of law. We won the arbitration award. But China was winning the ground war, or they were inhabiting more of the features than we were. Recognizing the ripe moment and turning towards a way out Duterte, who was inaugurated two weeks before the PCA ruling on 30 Juneprovided a way out of this quandary, by putting the PCA-ruling in the backburner.
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He offered to return to conflict-management along the procedural lines preferred by Beijing: His offer has promised to buy time and allows to search for solutions that accept the face-saving needs of both parties. In return, he was willing to reframe China from a bully to a crucial partner for common development China reacted swiftly, already before the inauguration of Duterte and the impending catastrophe of the PCA-ruling.
In Junethe Chinese Global times published a roadmap that was to foretell later developments: The result of the international arbitration filed by the Aquino administration is very likely to favor the Philippines, giving Duterte leverage in bargaining with China. Manila and Beijing might reach a reconciliation: To be sure, the Chinese build-up of military installations on the artificial islands it constructed in and in the Spratly Islands still continues unabated.
However, in a flurry of bilateral visits, the two sides have not only re-established a dense net of communication, but also achieved significant results with respect to Philippine exportsChinese financial aid and Chinese tourism to the Philippines.