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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • the Chinese regime promised the Philippines

  • that they'd totally give them billions of dollars.

  • How'd that turn out?

  • Hi, Welcome back to China Uncensored.

  • I'm your host, Chris Chappell.

  • Rodrigo Duterte.

  • President of the Philippines,

  • and Vladimir Putin wannabe.

  • When he ran for office,

  • he was so outspoken against China's

  • territorial claims in the South China Sea,

  • that he pledged to stop them with a move

  • even Putin would have admired:

  • He promised to ride a jetski to disputed islands

  • and plant the Philippines' flag.

  • Of course it would have really impressed Putin if Duterte

  • had pledged to ride the jetski while shirtless.

  • And on a horse.

  • But after taking office in mid-2016,

  • Duterte did a full 180, but not on a jetski.

  • In fact, he put that jetski back in the shed to gather dust.

  • In Duterte's first official meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping,

  • he didn't even bring up the territorial disputes

  • even though an international court had just ruled in the Philippines' favor.

  • Duterte even turned his back on long-time ally the United States

  • as he jumped into Xi Jinping's loving arms.

  • “'I announce my separation from the United States,'

  • those are the words of Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing on Thursday,

  • capping off a trip to China where he's won a whopping

  • 13 billion dollars in business deals.”

  • Duterte saw Chinese investment as key

  • to hisBuild, Build, Buildstrategy.

  • He wants to usher in a golden age of infrastructure development

  • through a six-year, 180 billion dollar spending spree.

  • And when the dust settled from Duterte's charm offensive in Beijing,

  • China pledged to provide the Philippines with 24 billion dollars.

  • That would include 15 billion in foreign direct investment,

  • plus 9 billion dollars in aid.

  • That aid alone would be 20 times more than what

  • the Philippines got from the United States in 2016.

  • So, sure the US has been an ally of the Philippines for decades,

  • but, I mean...billions of dollars?

  • For billions of dollars,

  • who wouldn't cuddle up with China?

  • But you know what?

  • Sometimes, China can be so forgetful!

  • See, when the South China Morning Post did a spot check

  • on China's investment commitments earlier this month,

  • they asked,

  • What happened to the billions China pledged the Philippines?”

  • And it turns out the answer isnot a whole lot.

  • Of its 24 billion dollar pledge, China so far has made good on

  • only one billion worth of Foreign Direct Investment.

  • Add to that just a single finalized loan agreement of $73 million dollars.

  • And China gave the Philippines 75 million dollars in direct aid.

  • That was in the form of grants to build two bridges in the capital of Manila.

  • Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua

  • was at the groundbreaking ceremony last month,

  • holding a golden shovel alongside other men,

  • also dressed inappropriately for construction.

  • Ambassador Zhao said thatthe bridge projects will further add

  • strength to the 'Build, Build, Build' initiative of the Philippines.”

  • And he tried to assure everybody thatChina's loans

  • to finance infrastructure projects will not make the Philippines

  • fall into a debt trap.”

  • And you know what?

  • I believe him.

  • At least for now.

  • Because for the Philippines to fall into a debt trap,

  • China would actually have to lend them lots of money.

  • And so far, that tap's been pretty dry.

  • They've only received less than 5% of what China promised.

  • It's like they ordered a hamburger,

  • and the waiter brought them a shriveled piece of lettuce.

  • Now to be fair, the holdups on the money

  • weren't all from the Chinese Communist Party.

  • As the South China Morning Post points out,

  • some projects were delayed by the Philippines or cancelled.

  • And more may be coming soon.

  • Now on the one hand, the slowdown in investment

  • is actually good news for the Philippines.

  • It means they haven't fallen into

  • the Chinese Communist Party's debt trap.

  • Like Sri Lanka, or Pakistan, or Djibouti,

  • or Laos, or Cambodia, or...

  • well, the list goes on.

  • But on the other hand, in order to get the promise

  • of Chinese aid and investment

  • even though it's unfulfilled so far

  • Duterte has already made a lot of concessions

  • that have angered Filipinos.

  • At a February meeting of the Chinese Business Club,

  • Duterte complained that China was pinching its pennies.

  • So to get China to loosen its purse strings,

  • he joked that China should just annex the Philippines

  • and turn the country into a Chinese province.

  • Why are you so sparing?

  • If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian:

  • Province of Philippines, Republic of China.

  • Problem solved.

  • Everything will be for free.”

  • Everything will be free?

  • Maybe someone should tell Duterte

  • that's not how communism actually works.

  • Now while Duterte's joke seemed to make

  • the Chinese ambassador smile,

  • it didn't go over so well with the citizens of the Philippines.

  • A few months later, banners calling the Philippines

  • a “province of Chinastarted popping up on bridges in Manila.

  • And I've got to give them props.

  • No, I mean, Filipinos are using lots of props

  • to express their anger at Duterte.

  • The Philippines, province of China banners

  • are slightly more subtle

  • than the guy with theChina Outhat.

  • Or this effigy of the president's head tied to a makeshift train.

  • Which was then set on fire.

  • That happened on the day of Duterte's

  • state of the nation address in July,

  • when thousands took to the streets,

  • and not exactly to show their support.

  • Meanwhile, Duterte blamed bloodsucking bureaucrats

  • for the lack of money for his infrastructure dream.

  • Corruption is like a leech that bleeds the government of funds,

  • programs and infrastructure and social development projects.”

  • To be fair, people are angry at Duterte for a lot of things.

  • But among those things,

  • he's blamed for making one-sided concessions to China on sovereignty,

  • with nothing to show for it in return.

  • And it's not just Duterte's refusal to plant his flag in the South China Sea.

  • Whichlet's be honesteven I've done that.

  • Duterte also proposed a highly controversial sharing deal

  • with China on a planned joint exploration of resources

  • in a part of the South China Sea that the Philippines claims.

  • Under the arrangement,

  • the Philippines would get 60% and China 40%.

  • But critics say this is a bad deal because

  • it solidifies China's claim there.

  • But don't worry!

  • Duterte isn't giving up on enforcing

  • the Philippine's claim to the South China Sea.

  • He's fully committed to imposing it...

  • in the year 4001.

  • When he'll ride to the Scarborough Shoal

  • and plant the Philippines flag...

  • on a space jetski.

  • While shirtless.

  • And on a horse.

  • A space horse.

  • And before you go, it's time for me to answer another question

  • from a fan who supports China Uncensored

  • on the crowdfunding website Patreon.

  • David Michael White asks,

  • Among your many overseas adventures,

  • which hotel did you like the most?”

  • Why, it was the Jia Jia Hotel in Taiwan!

  • They were super friendly and had interesting rooms,

  • and they were in good locations in Taipei and Tainan.

  • Also, I can't say no to free breakfast!

  • Now on one hand, I am saying that because the Jia Jia hotel

  • was a sponsor of China Uncensored

  • and I have a lot of love and respect for

  • the companies that support us.

  • But on the other hand, I don't have much to compare it to.

  • The truth is,

  • I don't usually stay in hotels while traveling.

  • China Uncensored doesn't exactly have a big travel budget.

  • For most of our trips,

  • the crew and I save money by staying in people's homes,

  • or in AirBNBs.

  • But for all the hotel owners out there watching this episode,

  • if you have a five-star hotel and want to sponsor our crew

  • next time we travel,

  • I'm very open to updating my answer to this question.

  • And for everyone else watching,

  • what do you think about China's investment

  • commitments to the Philippines coming up short?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Once again, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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