South China Sea WW3: Rodrigo Duterte Leaving US, Joining Forces With China And Russia?

South China Sea WW3: Rodrigo Duterte Leaving US, Joining Forces With China And Russia?
Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivering his first State of the Nation Address at Batasang Pambansa on July 25. Presidential Communications Operations Office Public Domain

The Philippines is changing the course of the South China Sea dispute as it veers away from the grasp of the United States into the arms of Russia and China. Consequently, the United States is facing more problems as Russia and China move towards advanced weapons that could allow the two nations to destroy America. Is it the end of U.S. supremacy?


Philippines Joins Russia and China?

Tides are changing, and it may turn out to be America’s nightmare. Longstanding ally, the Philippines, is moving towards friendlier relations with China and Russia, two nations at odds with the United States.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced last Tuesday that he will forbid government forces to conduct joint patrols with foreign powers on waters near the disputed South China Sea region. This goes against directly what his predecessor agreed with the U.S. military earlier this year.

Moreover, the Philippine president expressed his interest in procuring defense equipment from Russia and China. Previously, the Philippines relied on the United States for security, but the newly elected top official is changing things.

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“We do not go into a patrol or join any other army from now because I do not want trouble,” Military Times quoted Duterte.

“I do not want to ride gung-ho style there with China or with America. I just want to patrol our territorial waters.”

Another report from Reuters claims that China and the Philippines are reaching a turning point, according to a top Chinese diplomat.

“At present, China-Philippine relations are at a new turning point,” said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

Russia and China More Powerful Than US?

Some experts claim that the Philippines may be doing the right thing favoring Russia and China as their military weapons are edging farther from the United States.

According to Pravda, Russia has taken considerable strides in modernizing and developing new weapons that the nation already surpassed the United States in terms of fundamental researches.

While China still needs more supercomputers to push the capabilities of its military assets, its recent test of the developmental DF-ZF (previously known as WU-14) hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) is proof that the country is working tirelessly for better weapons. According to The Diplomat, the new weapon is in fact capable of breaching U.S. missile defense systems.

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