Or you could title this “The Most Ineffective Foreign Policy of My Lifetime – Part 4.” Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says U.S. has lost | Reuters
“In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” 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.
“Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.”
The US and the Philippines have been allies since World War II. What with the vaunted “Pivot to Asia” in Obama’s (and Clinton’s) foreign policy, you would think that we would be getting closer to our allies in the Pacific. You might think that, but you would be wrong.
As for The Smartest President Ever™ and his State Department, they are “baffled.”
In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it was “baffled” by Duterte’s comments and would seek an explanation when Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, visits Manila this weekend.
Eight more years of this is gonna really suck.