Andrea Chloe Wong is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is also a Non-Resident WSD Handa Fellow of the Pacific Forum CSIS. She previously served as a Senior Foreign Affairs Research Specialist at the Foreign Service Institute and was a Senior Lecturer at Miriam College, Philippines.
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By Andrea Chloe Wong - 14 May 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s 2017 campaign strategy of “relentless positivity” was criticized as “naive at best, if not deluded.” All these misgivings were laid to rest when Ardern had to confront the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019.
In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
As the rising number of reported cases of abuse suffered by Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait reveals, these maids are vulnerable to all forms of maltreatment, including physical, sexual or verbal abuse, non-payment of salaries, and long working hours with no rest days.
On March 16, 2018, the Philippines began the process of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The decision ultimately discredits the Philippines’ democratic credentials that are supposedly grounded on the ideals of human rights.
Chinese-Filipino relations has reached a new warmth, as China funds Filipino infrastructure-building and its war on drugs while Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte downplays China’s activities on the South China Sea.
In October 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited China and Japan, two of the country’s important economic partners. His trips earned the Philippines millions of dollars’ worth of Chinese and Japanese loans and investments.