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Philippines Tragedy: Why U.S. Doing More Than Any Other Nation

posted by Jael Ever @ 17:28 PM
November 15, 2013

Typhoon-Haiyan-aftermath-010    As nations, corporations and individuals around the world rush in to help to the Philippines, the invaluable strength of the United States remains an ever-shinning light, while China’s jealous selfishness stands out.

China, supposedly the world’s second-largest economy, at first pledged less than $ 2 million dollars in cash and some short of materials, while the United States has so far provided $ 20 million, including massive military support.  All types of Marine and Navy ships immediately headed for the disaster.

Japan pledged $ 10 million and also sent workers, ships and planes.  Australia––perhaps in guilt as it dismantles carbon pollution policies––says it will give $ 28 million. This is not to mention shelter, medicines, and food offered by churches, volunteer doctors, and other non-profit agencies––all to China’s shame!

Christopher Bodeen says ‘In Philippine Relief Efforts, China Beat by Ikea’: “The outpouring of international aid to the Philippines makes China’s contribution for typhoon relief look like a trickle: Several countries and even Swedish furniture chain Ikea have done more than the world’s second-largest economy. That won’t help Beijing’s campaign to win _71057740_019959011-1over neighbors with its soft power.”

Doing more damage to spoiling its image first China said it would send a few doctors; but when the criticism rose, it increased pledges by paltry amounts: $ 100,00 each from from the government and Chinese Red Cross and $1.64 million in tents, blankets and other goods.

But the story goes deeper: First, China is angry with its smaller Asian neighbors, especially the Philippines, because they refuse its rulership. Just as it argues with Japan over sea rights, China is livid with Manila, insistence to water rights of its islands, even pressing the Philippine’s case to international arbitration.

Second, China is furious because U.S. generosity and military presence rips apart prior anti-U.S. military resentment throughout the Pacific.  As Dan Lamothe writes in ‘Everyone Hates U.S. Bases in Asia––Until Disaster Strikes’:
“It was 1991 when a closely divided Philippine government ordered U.S. forces to leave the naval base in Subic Bay, a sprawling facility that had been used by Americans for decades. The Philippines and the U.S. militaries have interacted since, but only recently began discussing the possibility of again basing U.S. forces in the southeastern Asia nation. . . [thus] the U.S. military scrambled to assist the Philippines after much of it was leveled by Super Typhoon Haiyan . . .”

Namely, China knows U.S. assistance will more than likely result in one or more permanent U.S. military bases on the distressed islands.  Lamothe continues:  “America’s involvement in the typhoon relief effort will service as a reminder to Philippine officials that there are benefits in striking a deal to allow the U.S. to base Marines and sailors there on a rotational basis.”

Murray Hiebert, Asian expert at the Washington, D.C. Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Lamothe:  “The Philippines wants this very badly. They want us as a hedge against a growing China. I can’t imagine they are going to spurn this opportunity.” China knows this and is very threatened!

Even with all its faults, the United States is still a Christian nation, while China clings to its atheist, neo-pagan roots.  As wholesale Christian sweatshirts avers: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6: 38).”

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