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UK minister visits Aquino

The visit of British Minister of State Hugo Swire of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is a “reiteration” of the United Kingdom policy to reinvigorate its engagement with emerging countries in Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, which the UK considers an “emerging power,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Swire’s visit is also seen  as promoting bilateral trade and investment, and highlighting the importance of the forward momentum of the Mindanao peace process, particularly the UK’s active involvement in the International Contact Group, the DFA added.

On Tuesday, Swire met with President Aquino and discussed, among other issues, the UK’s role in the Mindanao peace process and heightened economic cooperation. Jerome Aning

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Tags: Benigno Aquino , DFA , Diplomacy , Europe , Foreign affairs , Global Nation , International relations , Philippines , United Kingdom

  • kanoy

    Look at the keywords in this reporters story
    1.emerging?=Newly formed or just coming into prominence
    HUH? 67 years old is hardly ”Newly formed” and being the ”poor man” of Asia hardly rates ”coming into prominence”
    2.emerging power=ARE YOU SERIOUS???
    NO air force NO navy NO marine corp NO special op ILL EQUIPPED army= emerging power????
    3.bilateral trade and investment
    trade what?OFW for???? we are supposed to be against HUMAN TRAFFICKING yet that is the our main trade HUMANS we have no industries our pathetic 60/40 law makes it much easier and more profitable for the UK to sit up and do business and invest in CHINA
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    Headmaster David Cook said: “If you look at the 21st century and the
    shift of global power from West to East, China is clearly going to be
    the dominant economic power, and we wanted to put the name of Wellington
    College at the forefront of the world.”

    • Sonny Cos

      1. HUMAN TRAFFICKING is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor.  – while there are Filipinos that are being illegally trafficked it is hardly the Philippine’s main trade. Yes Human Work Force is our main trade but mind you sir, majority of the Filipinos working and/or living abroad legally, voluntarily and with all dignity went to wherever they maybe right now, including myself and the more than 3 million other legal Fil-Am in the US. (not to mention millions more that overstayed here).  So please watch your mouth of non-sense.
      2. Of course, anyone who does business can be more profitable with China compared to any other place if you talk about market value considering their billion population and monetary reserves. Plus! the low labor costs which they can afford due to population and low quality output (there’s divisoria like places where low quality Chinese products are anywhere in world) So, compare China again to the Philippines is like comparing apples and oranges.
      3. “Emerging power” was used by the DFA office not by the writer he was merely quoting.  But even if it’s true that the UK considers the Philippines as Emerging Power in South East Asia, it has a basis politically to say the least.  Not because the country is militarily inept means it cannot wield power, remember the old saying “pen is mightier than the sword”

      • kanoy

        of the Charter on Fundamental Rights of the European Union prohibits the
        trafficking in human beings. On 5 April 2011, Parliament and the
        Council adopted a Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in
        human beings and protecting its victims1. The Directive
        introduces new measures that should contribute to the prosecution of
        offenders, prevention of this crime, the criminalisation of the use of
        services exacted from victims of human trafficking and the protection of
        victims of trafficking.

        2>Of course, anyone who does business can be more profitable with China compared to any other place>>Its not about PROFITABILITY……Its about EASE of ABILITY…..China has no 60/40 law no foreigner needs a CHINESE partner to own and operate a business…o 30-40 different departments pay and wait for each step to pass…many requiring repeat visits extra fees and time due all the needless mindless red tape….the RP does all it can to keep foreign business and jobs out…after all…as it stands the OFW not the government is bearing all the cost

  • disqusted0fu

    after meeting Aquino, this might be Swire’s first and last visit to the country.

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