Japan&US Stronger Alliance/Philippines splits with US-ASIA NIKKEI/NY TIMES

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

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Japan-US security treaty: How a 'friendship' became an 'alliance'

Koizumi's tendency to describe the relationship as a "friendship" perplexed pundits and policymakers on both sides of the Pacific. During the soon-to-be prime minister's campaign, a U.S. government official asked what exactly Koizumi meant by "friendship." Because the term was being used to describe Japan-China relations, did Koizumi's references to it indicate a change in Japan's relationship with America?Soon Koizumi put an end to speculation. Listening to the explanation of his secretary, he decided right away. "Let's go with alliance." On May 7, 2001, in his first policy speech to the Diet, he dropped "friendly" for the stronger "alliance." Read more.. https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Japan-US-security-treaty-How-a-friendship-became-an-alliance?fbclid=IwAR2e3HUgPOTs1dEi0_55hj6Fa9sPbDgd5gg5-mE69LDn2ynpy51vOP-S-Q4

Rodrigo Duterte, Pushing Split With U.S., Counters Philippines’ Deep Ties

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President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who nurses a longtime grudge against the United States, has declared he wants “a separation” and on Wednesday added that he wants American troops out of his country in two years.

“I want them out,” he said of the American troops in his country.

Mr. Duterte suggested in Beijing last week, all the way to China.

The close relationship between the Philippines and the United States, while complicated and at times acrimonious, has existed for more than a century, and the Philippines has been the closest American ally in the region for 70 years.

Mr. Duterte’s vow to upend that kinship has frustrated even some of his supporters.

“I voted for him, but I’m not sure what he is doing right now,” said Jess Custodio, 56, a bank executive in Manila. “It is baffling to me. It would tear out the heart of many Filipinos to separate.”

The bonds with the United States run wide and deep. About four million Filipinos and Filipino-Americans live in the United States, and the money they send home to relatives is a mainstay of the Philippine economy.

Another major sector of the economy — call centers, largely serving American companies — employs more than one million Filipinos. Partly because of the high level of English spoken in the Philippines, the industry is one of the fastest-growing segments.

American movies, music, fashion and consumer goods are popular here. In an earlier era, Filipinos working in the United States would send “balikbayan boxes” filled with hard-to-get American food and gifts. Now, shopping malls are packed with American-brand clothes, cosmetics, appliances, foods and other products.

More Filipinos hold a favorable view of the United States than even Americans do, 92 percent compared with 82 percent, according to a 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center.

The talk of separation has also caused anxiety among some foreign businesses, which may become more cautious in investing or expanding operations here, analysts said.



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