Rhymes with “Barack Obama made me rich!”
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attracted the ire of the Chicago Community Organizer with his policy of executing drug dealers. There have been about 2,000 “extrajudicial executions” since July 1st. The Phillipines is not a member of the G20, so the original plan was for a meeting in Laos, which President Obama called off, accusing Duterte of human rights violations and chastising him in public, resulting in the “son of a bitch” outburst, or “son of a whore” if you are the BBC.
Australia and Phillipines are in a bind. Both countries are under extreme US pressure to militarily confront China. Looking to next year, neither presidential candidate looks like a reliable partner. Australia, in particular, sees support of the US military position as a lose-lose proposition. China needs the natural resources Australia has. Australia knows it is no match in a fight against China and is beginning to doubt the US capabilities, especially with a two front war if Ukraine or Syria becomes a shooting war. They are not interested in being a trip wire to justify US military intervention. China will be close to Australia until the end of time, and China looks at their role dominating Asia with a very long time frame.
Although he has backed off, President Duterte made his opinion pretty clear. If the US pulls out of the South China Sea, the Phillipines has the most to lose.