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Aileen San Pablo Baviera | July 22, 2011 | Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

“China is a big country and other countries are small countries, and that’s just a fact,” China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said at the 17th Asean Regional Forum in July 2010, after several countries, including the United States, raised concerns on the South China Sea.

This article was originally published by Philippine Daily Inquirer and can be accessed through this link.

Zha Daojiong | July 21, 2011


The annual series of summits in the Asia Pacific has begun. Questions abound about the efficacy of these high-profile meetings. It’s time that China, the United States and Southeast Asia think about collaborating on non-traditional security projects.


Aileen San Pablo Baviera | June 14, 2011 | Source: S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)


Recent incidents in the South China Sea point to China’s growing assertiveness and seeming readiness to pressure other countries to recognise its claims. The region urgently needs a Code of Conduct that is specifically designed for the prevention of armed conflict in the disputed areas.


Ernest Bower | April 20, 2011 | Source: East Asia Forum

On April 9, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III stood on the blood stained soil of Bataan province and reminded us of the amazing resilience of the human spirit, the ability to forgive and reconcile and the powerful hope intrinsic to those two facts.

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Javad Foronda Heydarian | December 16, 2010 | Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The United States is, by far, the Philippines’ most important strategic security partner. China’s ascent as a regional Asia Pacific powerhouse, coupled with the relative decline of the United States, has threatened to reconfigure this equation. Yet China’s growing assertiveness over territorial claims from Northeast Asia to the South China Sea might also unravel the two decades of its relatively successful charm offensive, which calmed the nerves of many anxious Southeast Asian nations.

Aileen San Pablo Baviera | November 27, 2010 | Source: East Asia Forum

Recent tiffs between China and Japan, China and Vietnam and China and the US concerning the status of disputed islands and waters in the South and the East China seas possess a significance quite distinct from disagreements of the past. More specifically, previous contests amongst coastal states for sovereignty, fisheries, energy resources and maritime navigational rights continue to exist, but they are now being overshadowed by the rivalry among major powers in pursuit of the broader goal of establishing, and expanding, strategic influence.

Eduardo C. Tadem | August 9, 2010 | Source: Inquirer Global Nation

Jusuf Anwar, Indonesian ambassador to Japan, has bewailed the overly stringent Japanese national examinations for foreign caregivers and nurses. Out of the 500 Indonesians who took the examinations in 2008 and 2009, only two have passed and have become certified nurses.

Anwar revealed this concern at the “First Public Forum on Indonesia” held on July 23, 2010 at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Javad Foronda Heydarian, Walden Bello | Source: Transnational Institute, 2010

In the past, the Philippine foreign policy has been overly submissive to the US interests, and often failed to promote the country's own interests. As the world increasingly becomes a multipolar environment, the country will need to invest more in bringing the best minds to work on national diplomacy and strategy.


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