Despite its apparent benefits, Duterte's policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre-emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines
It's time for human rights groups to encourage the government of South Korea to examine its repressive laws
President Rodrigo Duterte's statements are feared to encourage China to build on Scarborough
Foreign Minister Bishop also talks about technology, women empowerment, and the rise of strongmen
There is no reason for the hair-tearing and the insane frenzy that followed the sighting of Chinese vessels in the vicinity of Benham Rise
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A Jakarta-based think tank warns of 'cross-border extremist operations,' citing the Davao City bombing in September as proof of these linkages in Southeast Asia
Rappler talks to security analyst Malcolm Cook about President Duterte's international debut
From a historian-scholar’s perspective, the South China Sea is not only 'Asia’s Cauldron,' as Robert D. Kaplan described, but also a complex and dangerous powder keg of the Asia Pacific region
We need to be clear about the risks and why they may matter
14 Indonesians are held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf. What's Indonesia's plan to save them?
Leaders should recognize that it is a transparently enforced rule of law – not looking the other way on 'enforced disappearances' – that will be essential for business confidence and economic growth in the long run
It coincides with the implementation of a new military agreement between the two countries, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
(UPDATED) US President Barack Obama meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss US-Turkey cooperation on regional security, counterterrorism and migration
The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US, Japan, and Australia
PH security agreements with allies show support for a country that wants China to adhere to the rule of law
This war goes beyond armies, police and security forces. It demands greater transparency and cooperation between communities at a global scale.
America's deployment of destroyers means that China’s leadership is bound to come under tremendous pressure to respond accordingly. This is a battle for leadership in Asia.
Beyond the brand campaigns, a focus on strengthened security and basic law and order will be fundamental to the sustained growth of any ASEAN member state’s tourism sector
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The real fight is the scramble on the ground, not in the courts. In his final State of the Nation Address, I hope Aquino will explain how he seeks to tangibly defend our claims against China’s expansionism.
China slams the Philippines as 'the real trouble-maker and rule-breaker,' and urges it to stop repairing a grounded ship in the disputed West Philippine Sea
Part 1: Was it a mistake to involve the US in the Scarborough Shoal standoff? Rappler gets the inside story to understand how the Philippines decided to file its historic case against China.
The world is watching. It's the next step in the geopolitical calculus of power that includes the world's hot spots from Crimea, Syria and the South China Sea.
This week’s hearings in the UN Arbitral Tribunal, a battle for the rule of law, deserve every Filipino’s attention and support
The South China Sea has become the arena for power projection for the United States as a Pacific power and Japan as an Asian power, and China as a rising global power in transition
We have to keep in mind the importance of diplomacy to not only mobilizing friends but also outsmarting our rivals. We can’t easily resolve our long-standing disputes, but we can better manage them.
The strengthening of security relations does not come at the expense of economic and humanitarian programs
The ultimate challenge is to mobilize enough regional support and deploy necessary military assets against further Chinese adventurism – but without triggering an open conflict
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the US pivot to Asia 'is not as focused and as strong as it should be'
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario proposes the Philippine initiative amid rising tensions in the South China Sea that may harm regional stability
With tensions mounting, it is time for all players to take a step back from the brink of even greater conflict and commit to engagement, cooperation and a peaceful resolution to disputes
Having suffered two wars with Japan, China is also cautious about giving the Japanese army the 'international role' that the Philippines supports
Beijing's delegation to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore will 'fully elaborate on China's security concept in Asia,' says a spokesman
Countries concerned should not make the situation complex, but rather exercise self-restraint, says Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang
The growing rivalry between China and the US in Asia provides a strategic context that complicates the regional situation