Duterte says PH won’t side in US-China tussle - Nikkei report

Duterte says PH won’t side in US-China tussle - Nikkei report


The President of the Republic of the Philippines has made it crystal clear that it would not takes sides between the emerging superpower China and the lone superpower United States of America (USA).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said the Philippines would not be part of the “big power competition” and urges big countries not to pursue dominance to the detriment of smaller ones.

Speaking on the second day of Nikkei's Future of Asia conference, held in Tokyo and online, the president also called for global cooperation in the fight against Covid-19, including equitable access to vaccines.

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At the same time, Duterte said the pandemic "impelled, if not accelerated, the de-globalization process," resulting in lost trade opportunities for developing nations.

"We are not blind to the geopolitics of diversification and decoupling. However, the Philippines does not see the need to take sides in the ongoing geo-economic competition among big powers," Duterte said in a recorded speech, referring to the United States and China.

Duterte also said disputes must be resolved "peacefully according to international law."

"Great powers must resist the temptation to pursue interests at the expense of smaller countries, in plain defiance of international law," he said. "The pandemic has shown us that zero-sum approaches are self-defeating and ultimately futile. What hurts one ends up hurting everyone else."





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