WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE PACIFIC? ABE INVITES DUERTE

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE PACIFIC? ABE INVITES DUERTE

This last week has seen a veritable spate of weird stories in the realm of geopolitics. First there was the strange incident when Air Force One arrived in China when Chinese officials confronted American officials about what was, and was not, going to be done for the press following President Obama. You'll recall this quickly devolved into a shouting match, with the Chinese official reminding the American that this was "their country" and American orders and commands had no force there. This followed reports of Mr. Obama exiting Air Force One from a maintenance staircase in the belly of the airplane itself, and not from the use red-carpeted staircase wheeled up to the plane. Later, some of the American press assured us that this was because Mr. Obama had specifically requested it.

Then there was the strange incident of Philippine President Duterte made some rather "caustic" remarks about the American leader. And we also had yet another recent meetingg between Prime Minister Abe and President Putin, where the Kurile Islands were again front and center, but where both leaders committed to more cooperation in the northern Pacific. And finally, there was of course the strange accident in Moscow which killed Mr. Putin's favorite chauffeur, an accident that I'm not entirely sure was an accident, as I outlined  in last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium.

Now there's this, shared by Mr. C.M.:

Duterte accepts Abe invitation to visit Japan

Before we get to a consideration of the article itself, ponder that for a moment. The Philippine President says some very caustic things about Mr. Obama, and then gets an invitation to Japan. Tuck that in the back of your mind for a moment, because it will play a role in my high octane  speculation of the day. If nothing else, Mr. Duterte's remarks, coming as they do from a long-time "ally" of the  USA (more like another satrapy or colony of the "Empire"), are an indicator of just how unpopular the USSA has become under the previous and current administrations.

With that in mind, now consider these paragraphs:

During their 45-minute meeting, Abe talked about Japan’s plan to provide two ships and to lend five surveillance aircraft to the Philippines to strengthen its security capabilities.

“There is a general offer of continuing support to us in the Philippines and in the peace process,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza told reporters in Vientiane.

“(The talks) went very well. Their advocacies coincided – the issue of the South China Sea, upholding the arbitral ruling, continuing support,” he added.

Last July, a Hague-based tribunal voided China’s sweeping territorial claim in the South China Sea but the Chinese government refused to recognize the decision.

Abe also deplored the bombing incident in Davao City on Friday night and expressed his sympathies for the victims and their families.

The Prime Minister assured Duterte of his country’s readiness to “develop cooperation in a wide range of areas” as Manila and Tokyo marked the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations.

For his part, Duterte thanked the Japanese government for its efforts to commiserate with the Philippines after the Davao City bomb attack.

He also expressed gratefulness for Japan’s assistance through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Trade is in favor of the Philippines, Duterte said, adding Japan saw to it that it was always a good economic and pre-eminent partner aside from being an “old friend.”

Duterte's rhetoric is here perhaps a bit "tongue-in-cheek", since Japan can hardly be considered an "old friend", having invaded the country during its blitz in the Western Pacific after the US entry into World War Two, swiftly occupied the country, and routing American forces there in one of the most humiliating defeats in modern US military history, with General MacArthur cutting and running, leaving General Wainright to sign the surrender. Later, some of the fiercest fighting during the Pacific War occurred when Allied forces liberated Manila. But bygones are bygones, as both the Philippines and the Japanese colossus to the north have combined to oppose Chinese claims in the South China Sea. And Mr. Abe has backed up that "team work" with a little military muscle in the form of two Japanese naval vessels and Japanese surveillance aircraft.

So what is going on here? This is where my high octane speculation kicks in. There is an episode in Philippine history that few in the west know, but that will be present memories to the Philippine government and its intelligence services, and that was when former President (and virtual dictator) Ferdinand Marcos attempted to recover, on his own, some of that buried Japanese loot in the archipelago without prior approval from Washington. For those familiar with the story, this meant that Ferdinand Marcos had probably figured out the existence of a secret system of finance that I have been arguing was emplaced after the Second World War by President Truman, making use in part of much of this Japanese loot, which the USA had claimed for itself. And for those who've followed that story, Pacific dictators and presidents who've tried to muscle in on the action tend to be overthrown; it happened in Indonesia to Sukarno, and of course, it happened to Marcos.

And It was Japan that had socked that loot away there.

So what's the relevance of this story (if any) to what may be going on here? I suspect that Duterte's caustic remarks about Obama are not only a deliberate snub, but that in a way, Mr. Abe's are as well. Judging from Mr. Abe's remarks as reported in this article, the Japanese Prime Minister was almost fawning over Mr. Duterte. And Mr. Abe has played the role well: for Japan can present this as "playing its part" and "fulfilling its defense obligations and commitments to its American ally" in the latter's "pivot to the Pacific. But as I've also argued, Mr. Abe's rearmament plans are also, in the long term, in aid of the day that the American empire, already unpopular even in Japan (think Okinawa here), fades, leaving Japan to fend for itself. And during the period of American unpopularity and decline, Japan can present itself as the middleman between the Pacific and Washington. If one doesn't want to deal with Washington directly but to continue to maintain ties, then Tokyo steps in, allowing nations such as the Philippines to avoid having to smell the stench from D.C.

Mr. Abe, in other words, appears to have positioned Japan perfectly.

The long term goal? Here comes the really high octane speculation: I strongly suspect that Japan has already placed intelligence assets in the Philippines, both with, and without, Manila's authorization. The purpose? To find and covertly recover whatever remaining loot may remain from its World War Two plundering operations. And that's a lot of...

...gold...

See you on the flip side...

14 thoughts on “WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE PACIFIC? ABE INVITES DUERTE”

  1. Philippines?? Hey that’s where the majority of America’s Ghost Guns get made.. (by poor impoverished families living out in the jungle.. no I’m serious..)then get sold to criminals in the US. Used to kill a few people and general crime, then get shipped out to Mexico when their resale value drops below 150 dollars and ‘exchanged’ for Drugs. Its the ultimate Oil for Food bargain. You want our drugs? We want your guns.. Who needs stinky smelly money.. go back to the barter system

    If I was Japan, and I’d had 2 nuclear bombs.. (possibly 3..) dropped on me and then invaded by the Americans and nuetered for the last 50 years.. I’d probably ask someone to call their president a son of a ?.. as well.

  2. I see nations taking advantage of the very real US American fall from grace. From articles read I see a new alliance in the early days of forming that includes, Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, and perhaps Thailand. It appears to be an alliance intent on hemming in if not tripping up the People’s Republic of China.

    At this moment Russia, Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan have the right leaders to pull off such a huge shift in alliances.

  3. You can bet that Mr. Abe knows all about Yamashita’ gold, and kissing and cuddling to the PI is just that. If you listen to Sterling Seagrave’ interview with Red Ice, you get an idea just of how much gold is still there in the hidden caves.
    Notwithstanding there is a lot that Japan DID get back to home soil, and probably is the property of the Emperor. Gold seems to generate a greed beyond normal greed, and with that amount of the yellow stuff, greed is inescapable.

    1. “Notwithstanding there is a lot that Japan DID get back to home soil…”

      This made me wonder about the transport vessels carrying mega-gold that DID NOT make it all the way back to Japan. This period around 1944 was when US submarines were ravaging Japanese shipping. (Not to mention patrol planes.) I wonder how many “Spanish galleons” are at the bottom of the Pacific, waiting to be ‘treasure hunted’…

  4. Two analogies immediately popped-up for me:

    First, the sense of Rome withdrawing from the British Isles. The Western Empire was contracting, with the need to deploy forces elsewhere. The British natives were left defenseless after centuries of occupation, and the Angles & Saxons pounced. Japan sees the ‘equivalent’ coming, and is moving on two fronts: Internally, by stepping-up weapons production. (And, I bet a closet nuke-making capability.) Externally, by promoting friendship with neighbors. The big question is: How aggressive will the Angle-Saxon equivalent be?

    Second, if real, Japan’s quest to get it’s gold back reminds me of the proto-Templar maneuvers in Palestine. If you recall, the Templar effort was clandestine. They made an agreement to guard the Pilgrim roads (with nine knights), and then devoted all their efforts to digging on the Temple Mount. Some think they found the items buried when Jerusalem fell to the Romans. In a similar way, I could see the Japanese offer of minor military aid – and particularly the lending of five sophisticated surveillance aircraft (with advanced sensors?) – as clues to their search for lost ‘items’. Like King Baldwin of Jerusalem, the big question is whether President Duterte is ‘in the loop’…

  5. What under the table deals are being worked out among the Japanese, Philippine, Vietnam, China and possibly the two Koreas. The resurrection under different form of the Asian Co-prosperity Sphere scheme maybe and the icing out eventuality of the CSA from Eastasia.

  6. There is an argument to be made that if the Japanese would have prevailed that they would have turned the Phillipines into a first world country. That is not the U.S.’s bailiwick. Keeping the 3rd World as it is has been U.S. foreign policy for quite some time. Duarte may now realize that a closer alliance with Japan may be very beneificial for his country.

  7. One has to wonder how well tomography works for finding mineral deposits, oil deposits, ancient sites, buried treasure, etc. Have we reached the point where we can do it as well as they portrayed it in the Star Trek series? If so, those with such capabilities are at a distinct advantage over those who cannot, especially if it can be done from space with any degree of pinpoint accuracy.

    1. Look up geological mineral surveys PDF of any area, mineral or country of interest to you. There is no shortage of anything in this world. Scarcity is a lie and austerity isn’t to save the planet but to enslave the planet. Scarcity and price fixation is indeed maintained at the barrel of a gun aimed at our competitors head of states.

    2. Comment under moderation, must be too close to the uncomfortable truth. I would seriously look into another moderation program or even try running this site without moderation and see if it is even necessary.

  8. Interesting theory about Japan wanting to recover some of that gold from the Philippines. It makes you wonder how much the allies didn’t find when considering they were able to successfully finance their breakaway civilization after the war that lives on to the present day.

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