Philippines getting more aid from Japan than China - Locsin

Philippines getting more aid from Japan than China - Locsin

Its been the centerpiece of the Duterte Administration with respect to its foreign relations to be friends with everyone and enemy to none, which in essence the true “independent foreign policy” as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is credited for making the diplomatic ties with China warm again a direct contrast then with the previous administration headed by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Scarborough shoal and the rest of the area in the West Philippine Sea which was a traditional fishing ground by the country has been opened up again without being openly harassed by Chinese Coast Guard vessels.
DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., during the Asia Society forum
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But along side the warmer relations with China is the robust and very pro-active bilateral relations between Japan and the Philippines, which has been doubt as the ‘Golden age of relations between both countries.”
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., told the audience in the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, speaking before the Asia Society that the Philippines has benefited more from Japan than China despite closer ties with the latter.
He was asked by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about the Philippines-China relations, he said, “Yes, we sign up to this and that agreement but they hardly materialize."

“They hardly materialize and if you would compare to Japanese investments and official assistance—[it's] nothing,” Locsin said of the Philippines' agreements with China.
Locsin explains that the Japanese government was “pouring it in” with assistance. He made this remark during a discussion with Asia Society in New Yok City, Rudd is the policy institute president of the said Society.
“If there is such a thing as a rising China, there’s apparently a phenomenon… of a rising Japan and we’re feeling that,” he said.
“Not only that but military assistance. We get what…10 [military] ships?”

Government Data from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) shows that Japan’s total official development assistance (ODA) as of March 19 was at $8.26 billion, which is 46 percent of the total ODA that the Philippines has received.
China is in eight place in terms of ODA fund source of the Philippines, Japan tops the list followed by World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United States, Korea, Australia, and the United Nations.
China’s total ODA to the Philippines is at $364 million or only 2 percent of total ODA.

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