United States President-elect Donald Trump may develop closer ties with China and Russia when he assumes office, a Filipino observer said Friday.
Former Philippine ambassador to Washington Apolinario Lozada said Trump, who will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States Friday evening (EST), will follow this track because of his background as a tycoon.
"Since he is a businessman, I think he will start looking at Asia for their own interest. He will tell us not to be close to China in terms of our bilateral relations, but I think Trump is going to develop much closer economic relations with China and Russia than any country in the world because that is where the money is really now," he said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.
Lozada noted that the United States is no longer the economic power that it was before, and China is the emerging power in that arena. But he argued, the Western superpower retains its position as as a military and security power.
"You marry now both—the economic and political power—to be able to maintain your position as the number one policeman of the world or number one superpower in the world," he said.
However, this presents a dilemma for Trump, according to Lozada because the business mogul that he is believes that "because the economy is not doing very well...he would like to bring back to the United States all the monies that have been squandered outside of the United States."
He added, regarding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Trump may decide to let them keep the guns and equipment, "but you pay."
Lozada also asserted that the divided state of American politics, with both the Democrats and Republicans seemingly uneasy with the incoming president, does not bode well for the rest of the world.
“This is a very scary future for the rest of the world because our economic dependency is no longer in the US, but our political and security dependence is still with the US," he said.
"If he doesn’t have any specific agenda on the economy especially security, the rest of the world will go back to kanya-kanya (individualistic) system," he added.
Catch the ABS-CBN News Channel's coverage of Trump inauguration starting Friday, 10:30 P.M., Manila time.