ABS-CBN news posted this news item:
A leaked cable from the US Department of State revealed China’s views on the Philippines and the government of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back in 2007.
A cable sent from the US Embassy in Beijing, dated March 5, 2007, showed discussions between Eric John, then US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), and two senior Chinese diplomats regarding Southeast Asia.
The document was posted on the whistleblower website WikiLeaks on Sunday, December 12.
The cable, labeled “secret” by the Beijing post, focused on the “overlapping interests” in the region, specifically among Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor, and the Philippines.
Under the subhead “Progress in the Philippines, but More Needed,” the cable revealed the discussion between John and Hu Zhengyue, then Chinese Minstry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian Affairs, focusing on the Chinese efforts in dealing with the southeast Asian nation.
It revealed that China saw poverty as the “key challenge” facing the Philippines, and, as a response, Hu said they have “invested in its agricultural development and transportation infrastructure.”
“Beijing recognizes corruption as the second significant problem facing the Philippines, but believes it “cannot do much about that,” DG Hu said,” the cable stated.