The president of the Philippines just asked for US forces to leave his Southern region. Duterte cites security concerns for both his people and US forces. Duterte also claimed that peace in the Southern portion is unlikely as long as there is a military presence. Relations in East Asia are becoming more complicated all the time it seems. Now, Special Forces have been asked to leave the Philipinnes. Their safety has been cited as a reason. But looking at the broader and larger forces at work, this development does not come as a surprise.
There are some rumors abound, as well as potentially damaging scenarios for the United States. There are many models for development in the world. We’re witnessing leaders struggle to choose one. Democracy and the Western way of life means a system of government and an above board standard to conducting international and domestic business. Then, there is the model propagated by other power, including Russia.
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