During a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, expressed his country’s support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs despite receiving strong disapproval from other international powers like the United States, the United Nations and the European Union.
“The Chinese side understands and supports policies adopted by the new Government of Philippines under the leadership of President Duterte,” Geng announced on Thursday, September 29.
The present administration’s war on drugs resulted in the surrender of thousands of drug users and pushers all over the country, but the campaign was coupled with thousands of extra judicial killings and other murders initiated under the movement of ‘ridding the country of the drug menace’.
Recent numbers show that more than 3,000 deaths related to either police operations or vigilante killings have been reported and it continued to spark national and international criticisms.
However, Chinese authorities who will be welcoming President Rodrigo Duterte on his visit to China next month, fully understood his narcowar policies and even his anti-US stand.
Geng added that, “drugs are the enemy of the entire mankind. It is a shared responsibility of countries around the world to crack down on drug-related crimes.”
It can be remembered that on several occasions, the PH president expressed his desire to form a united front which includes Russia and China to stand against the powerful influence of the ‘imperialist’ United States.
Analysts say that Duterte’s bold stance could possibly change the balance of power among the East Asian countries – a dramatic change indeed even after a recent territorial conflict over the Spratly Islands in which the U.S. supported the Philippines in its case against China.
On aiding the Philippines and their own political stance to counter further Western influence, Geng stressed that, “the Chinese Government is resolute in doing so: our will is strong, policies explicit and effects are remarkable.”