Although I have not yet finished, I was hoping to see more of the connection between the two countries before colonial philippines and was disappointe...moreAlthough I have not yet finished, I was hoping to see more of the connection between the two countries before colonial philippines and was disappointed to see that majority of his descriptions of the pre-hispanic Philippines were in fact, almost textbook like. Although understandably,it is not the main focus, there were points that the author may have overlooked regarding precolonial and colonial Sino-Fil relations. Points such as the Chinese taught the Filipinos metallurgy and mining are in fact, false. Mines as old as BC were discovered and metallurgy, is in fact one of the most noble and superior professions of SEA's kingdoms supported by Spanish accounts. The descriptions of the relationships o the two countries during those times were too general for the readers to truly form any detailed relationship between the countries. There is much to comment regarding his portrayal of Philippine history/Sino-Filipino relation until the Filipino-American war.
His portrayal of the relations starting after the world war is informative, refreshing and enlightening comparatively to the earlier history of both countries. He had a lot of examples of Chinese holding positions of power but I am not certain (as I'm not too far in the book) if he has tackled on the relationship of China, these individuals and of the Philippine government(apart from Marcos). I would also recommend another book "Gold Warriors" to anybody who wonders why China did not back up communism in the Philippines compared to Indochina countries. I am also hoping that the book contain a foresight on the relationship of the two countries when territorial disputes will rise and how policies of both countries can be used against each other or be a double-edged blade for the other. Maybe I will change my opinion on some matters by the end of the book. (less)