In the last few months, US relations with the Philippines have gone from very good or excellent to bad or terrible. The Philippines, where public opinion about the US had been 90 percent favorable, had seemed to turn to China to replace the US as its best friend.
Many observers commented that the quality of the presidential debates was far worse than they had expected. Remarks and comments made by both candidates had little to do with policies but a lot to do with personal attack or disparagement.
In recent weeks, US-Philippines relations have undergone a rough patch as President Duterte has sought to “rebalance” Philippine foreign policy and lessen its dependence on the US. The reaction of policy makers and analysts in the US has ranged from anger to handwringing to ignoring the significance and roots of the problem.
On his first visit abroad after assuming office, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal visited India from September 15-18. The choice of India for the first visit by the prime minister of Nepal was a smart move to reinforce India-Nepal special relations.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has been Uzbekistan’s prime minister since 2003, was elected by the Uzbek parliament to serve as acting President until presidential elections are held in December 2016, of which he will be one of the candidates.
Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council election witnessed the success of the localists, including the victory of five young candidates, who advocated the ideas of localism, democracy, and self-determination.
The September 2016 meeting of the BRICS leaders, which occurred on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, was noteworthy as it confirmed the new Brazilian government’s commitment to the BRICS grouping.
In September 2016, US President Barack Obama embarked on what is likely to be his last visit to Asia while in office. The objective of the trip was to vie with China to maintain America’s influence in Asia and the world that China has been fast encroaching on in recent years.
Lauded as a great success by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Hangzhou G20 Summit came to a conclusion on September 5, 2016 with its final communique confirming the necessary consensus for the G20’s long-term vision.