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Japan's Abe calls Duterte 'family'

So PM Abe called Duterte "family", last year Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told him "We are brothers. We are Asians."
PTPA Siena Luchansky - President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner, Honeylet Avanceña, with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, prior to the dinner hosted by the Prime Minister at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017.
The use of kinship terms such as "family" and "brothers" is a feature of Asian style diplomacy, which is more personal than the Western style.

Kinship diplomacy is how Asian diplomacy has been conducted for a long time, until the West changed the inter-polity dynamics of this region.

This diplomatic style is particularly prominent in the islands composing the archipelago we now call the Philippines.

As far as my research on pre-colonial Philippines diplomacy has taken me, blood compact (sandugo) was the highest form of diplomatic practice then. A VERY sacred political-religious ritual, blood compacts are performed to establish trade relations, alliance, or serve as a peace treaty. Those who enter a blood compact become "brothers" --- of one blood.

It's a fusion higher than marriage and can only be broken by death, while marriage can be easily be dissolved by divorce (there was already divorce at that time). Blood compact creates DUTIES among its parties. You violate a blood compact, you die.

Kinship style diplomacy has also a distinct style of conflict resolution. Conflict among kins are resolved differently like conflict among states.

There's a great emphasis on MENDING. The foundation of any resolution is a restored kinship relationship, i.e. the parties must realise their kinship first, after that they could proceed to ironing out the more material aspects of their conflict.

Without the mending process, conflicts fester.

Originally posted on Sass Rogando Sasot's FB page.

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