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History of the Philippines, Russia, the USA and Georgia (country)

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 10:32 PM by ayasachan
Updated April 18th, 2017 at 04:54 AM by ayasachan (Added some pictures)

Hello, magandang hapon po (good afternoon to you) and welcome to my blog! In this article, I will discuss the brief bilateral history of the Philippines, Russia, the United States of America and Georgia (country). To make the article more fun to read, I represented each country as human so it will be easier to understand. I only made this purely for fun and I’m not really good in English so if there’s any grammatical error, I will revise it in the near future. Also, I made the collages! Please comment if you have anything to say! I would really love to read it!

And note: I paraphrased some contexts from internet research.


RUSSIA AND THE PHILIPPINES

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Symbols and meaning:
1.) Sun and moon – represents how the two countries are very opposite to each other.
2.) Quote – despite differences, it’s a huge coincidence that they share the same independence date and flag colours.
3.) Seasons – Russia is a cold country while the Philippines is a warm country.
4.) Ivan Alexandrovich Braginsky (Russia human personification)
5.) RUS and PH flags
6.) Maria dela Cruz y Carriedo (PH human personification)
7.) June 12 – National holiday of both countries.
8.) Red string of fate – because both does not have any historical and cultural ties but in 2016, the two countries managed to meet and establish bilateral relationship.
9.) Clock – Relationship between the two countries is expected to improve in the near future.


“There's an invisible red string that is tied on the finger of two people since they were born. No matter how far they are from each other, it will bind them to be together. The cord can be stretched or tangled, but it will never break."



Due to the growing demand of food supply, Russia had been interested in developing ties with states in Southeast Asia as early as 19th century and one of these nations he eyes the most is the Philippines. However, due to strong colonial rule of Spain in the said country, Russia failed to establish any kind of relations. Spain did not welcome Russia in the Philippines’ shore due to the fear that he will conquer her and he even refused to recognize the Russian diplomatic mission in Manila way back in 1813.

After the Russian Empire became Soviet Union and the Philippines became the official Asian colony of the United States of America, relationship between RusPh has gradually wane. During the Cold War, the Philippines was the United States' strongest Southeast Asian ally that made her viewed Russia as a potential enemy even if she never met him before.
The two countries do not have any relations due to the strong protection of America in the Philippines. However, Russia still managed to be formally recognized by her after the dissolution of Soviet Union. He has an embassy in Manila while the Philippines has an embassy in Moscow, and two honorary consulates in Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok. Russian and Philippine Presidents rarely met and conversed with each other.

However, in 2016, everything had changed…

First, when the current president Rodrigo Duterte sat in power, his government finally implemented the war on drugs which is very against in America’s point of view. Philippines has always been described as a democratic country just like her protector but there is no actual freedom in the government system. American standard should be considered first before implementing such laws. Duterte doesn’t like it.

Second, the Philippines and China has a territorial conflict in South China Sea. Duterte decided to play the game of chess and the Philippines broke the "alliance" from the United States, something that the former Presidents had never done before.

The Philippines improved her diplomatic relations with China thus, the territorial dispute was finally resolved. Filipino fishermen are finally allowed to gather fishes in South China Sea. Since China is a close ally of Russia, Duterte also decided to improve bilateral relationships with Russia.

Lastly, in 2017; Russia and the Philippines decided to sign an agreement in improving economic and security relations. Russia himself even proposed to be the protector of the Philippines after two Russian navy ships docked in Manila. Joint military exercises has been established, the Philippines decided to buy military weapons from Russia while on the other hand, Russia will buy food supplies from the Philippines.

The relationship between the said countries is expected to improve in the near future.

RUSSIA AND GEORGIA


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Symbols and meaning:
1.) Candle - dying bilateral relationship.
2.) Quote - Russia and Georgia cut all kinds of ties between them due to some territorial dispute.
3.) Broken lace - symbolizes their relationship for more than 100 years but eventually, it was broken.
4.) Ivan Alexandrovich Braginsky (Russia human personification)
5.) RUS and GEO flags.
6.) Tamar Eristavi (Georgia human personification)
7.) Rings - Georgia was not a Slavic country but like Russia, she is an Orthodox country as well. Marriage also symbolizes Georgia being a part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union.
8.) Possessiveness - Russia wants to claim all Georgian territories.
9.) Treaty of Georgievsk - was a bilateral treaty concluded between the Russian Empire and the east Georgian kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti on July 24, 1783.


“We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our paths for a reason.”


Similar cultural and historical ties exist between these two countries and their people for several hundred of years.

The first formal alliance between Georgia and Russia took place in 1783 when King Heraclius II of Eastern Georgia signed the Treaty of Georgievsk with the Russian Empire. The treaty established Georgia as a protectorate of Russia. For so many years, she has been both a part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union.

However, despite the long relationship; the two countries do not get along really well. It even heightened after the collapsed of Soviet Union when Russia tried to claim South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Abkhazia it is a ghost nation and was not recognized by the international community however; it still officially belongs to the country of Georgia.

A war between the two countries even happened which is called the Russo-Georgian War. It took place in August 2008 that made the relationship of them really strained. The USA, who is known to be Russia’s worst Rival supported Georgia during this conflict. It was even regarded as the first European war of the 21st century.

The aftermath results from Georgia breaking any kind of relations with Russia. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze announced that Georgia had broken diplomatic relations with Russia. He also said that Russian diplomats must leave Georgia, and that no Georgian diplomat would remain in Russia. It even went too far that the Russian government banned the selling of Georgian wines in their country.

Georgia had enjoyed economy position during the Soviet Union but faced many financial crisis after becoming independent. The economy ranks only on 118 out of 191 countries. It faced a lot of infrastructure development but in the recent years, Georgian market was improving.
Since December 2012, representatives from RusGeo have only engaged in limited bilateral talks in Prague.

Georgia wanted to join NATO but they won’t let her because of Russia’s strong opposition. Georgia even changed her bilingual language, from “Georgian-Russian” to “Georgian-English”.
The relationship between the America and Georgia is gradually improving since 2008 while relationship with Russia is still worst. However, many Georgians today still support for peace with Russia.

THE USA AND THE PHILIPPINES


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Symbols and meaning:
1.) Light - symbolizes the light USA had given to the Philippines after 300 dark years of Spanish colonial rule.
2.) Treaty of Paris (1898) - was an agreement made in 1898 that involved Spain relinquishing nearly all of the remaining Spanish Empire, especially Cuba, and ceding Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States.
3.) Currency - US Dollar and Philippine Peso.
4.) Alfred F. Jones (USA human personification)
5.) US and PH flags.
6.) Maria dela Cruz y Carriedo (PH human personification)
7.) Manila Bay - The Battle of Manila Bay took place on 1 May 1898, during the Spanish–American War.
8.) Polaroids of beach - Many Americans love to visit the Philippines during summer.
9.) Hands - symbolizes how USA will always help the Philippines.


“Siblings are forever bounded together.”


The relationship between the United States and the Philippines has been described as a special relationship. The Philippines is one of the oldest Asian partners of the USA and a strategically major non-NATO ally.

It began after the Treaty of Paris in 1898; it’s an agreement that involved Spain relinquishing nearly all of the remaining Spanish Empire, especially Cuba, and ceding Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States. After the USA claimed all the remaining Spanish territories marked the end of the Spanish empire and the beginning of his age as the major world superpower.

During the first year, the Philippines refused to accept the governance of USA in the country. Filipinos were afraid that the Americans will treat them very badly like how the Spaniards did in the past. But during World War I, Filipinos fought alongside with the Americans and see them as better colonial power than the Spaniards. USA taught her how to handle a government.

In 1934, she became the official commonwealth of the United States. He agreed to give her 10 years to prepare for her complete independence but World War II broke out and the promise was not fulfilled until 1946.

On July 4, 1946, the United States finally gave the Philippines her long awaited freedom.
American culture brought big changes that shaped the Hispanic culture in the Philippines. From main bilingual “Tagalog-Spanish”, the Filipinos embraced the “Tagalog-English” language. American food, music, fashion and many other aspects can be heavily seen in the Philippines.

Current Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, however, is supportive of a foreign policy that is less dependent on the United States, favoring one that prioritizes closer relations with China and Russia instead.

As of 2016, relationship between the said countries is struggling.

THE USA AND GEORGIA (COUNTRY)


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Symbols and meaning:
1.) Hand (1) – red string of fate
2.) Quote: They share many similarities to each other.
3.) Hand (2) – red string of fate
4.) Alfred F. Jones (USA human personification)
5.) USA and GEO flags.
6.) Tamar Eristavi (Georgia human personification)
7.) White and red petals – symbolizes the dominating colours in American and Georgian flags.
8.) Maps – Georgia (US State) and Georgia (country)
9.) Painting – symbolizes the growing bilateral relationship of USA and Georgia since 2008.


“Some things begin with friendship."

Since the restoration of Georgia’s independence, the US has actively supported Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, the strengthening of her democratic institutions, the development of her market economy, and the country’s full integration into European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. U.S.-Georgia relations continue to be close. Georgian leaders note that U.S. humanitarian assistance was critical to Georgia's recovery from civil war and economic difficulties following independence. Extensive U.S. assistance is currently targeted to support Georgia's economic and political reform programs, with an emphasis on institution building. The U.S. worked with the Georgian Parliament on draft laws and establishing procedures and standards consistent with the country's 1995 Constitution.

Ongoing U.S. support emphasizes multi-year media and civil society development programs targeting systemic weaknesses in Georgia’s democracy, as well as large-scale energy infrastructure projects, including rehabilitation of the East-West natural gas pipeline and reconstruction of the high-voltage Senaki power line, which will help to enhance Georgia’s energy security. U.S. programs continue to assist internally displaced persons through housing upgrades and by improving social services, and strengthen democracy and governance by enhancing institutional checks and balances and by increasing public participation in democratic processes. This includes assistance to strengthen the rule of law; increase government transparency, accountability, and responsiveness; promote political competition and democratic electoral processes; and strengthen independent media and civil society. U.S. programs also seek to increase the standard of living of Georgians through development and reform of the education and health sectors. U.S. assistance works to builds capacity in the security sector by enhancing the professionalism and capacity of the armed forces, furthering Georgia’s ability to secure its borders, improving law enforcement, and addressing cross-border challenges such as trafficking in persons and narcotics.

Georgia in 2004-2008 sought to become a member of NATO, but did not succeed in the face of strong Russian opposition.
In February 2012, it was agreed that the U.S. and Georgia will start working on a Free Trade Agreement which, if materialized, will make Georgia the only European country to have such treaty with the United States. American citizens visiting Georgia currently do not require a visa for entry. Citizens will receive a 90-day tourist visa at the country's entry points.
According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 51% of Georgians approve of U.S. leadership, with 15% disapproving and 34% uncertain.

ADDITIONAL COLLAGES

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Things that describe the Philippines


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Things that describe Russia

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Things that describe the United States of America

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Things that describe Georgia

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