>> Washington, has some strong questions for Manila. American most senior Asian diplomat, flying into the Philippines looking for some clarification. After President Rodrigo Duterte's explosive announcement last week.>> I announce my separation from the United States.>> Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, meeting with the foreign minister on Monday, to discuss what separation means exactly.
Reuters Manny Mogato says, Manila was ready with an answer. The Philippines explained that, it was a separation in terms of pursuing a separate and independent foreign policy.>> The latest drama kicked off last week, as Duterte rolled out a big China charm offensive, aiming to open the door to more mainland investment.
But Russel says, international relations don't have to be a zero sum game.>> It's a mistake, to think that improved relations between Manila and Beijing. Somehow come at the expense, of the United States.>> Emily say. There isn't likely to be a full blown divorce. The US is one of the Philippines largest trading partners.
And its closest security ally, for about 70 years.>> The Philippines depend so much on the US military. Its equipment, its armaments, its doctrines, its structure, is patterned after the US. The US also learned from the Philippines, in terms of fighting insurgency. Because you have a long running insurgency, against the communist rebels and.
Muslim separatists. So it's the symbiotic relationship, between the two countries.>> Washington and Manila, are at odds over Duterte's bloody war on drugs. Russell, saying the US does support the fight against narcotics. But is concerned about the body count.