Monthly Archives: January 2013

West Philippine Sea: David’s slingshot

By Efren Padilla @ My lawyer friend was fuming mad when he found out that China etched its new passport with the nine-dash line—the U-shaped demarcation line circumscribing about 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square kilometer South China Sea on China’s maps. He was particularly concerned by its ramifications, not only because China can now […]

Abe advocates ‘security diamond’ against China

By Martin Fritz @ Since assuming office at the end of 2012, Japan’s new prime minister has started conducting a diplomatic offensive to counteract China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region. It is usually traditional for a new Japanese prime minister to make his first foreign trip to the US, but Shinzo Abe broke with […]

Salceda: PHL should convert China’s West Philippine Sea threat to economic advantage

Source: LEGAZPI CITY—China’s threatening posture over territorial conflicts and  issues in the West Philippine Sea may be turned into an advantage by rival claimant neighboring countries, including the Philippines, as Japan shifts its gaze for trade and investments  “to the rising stars” of Southeast Asia. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said “the China scare is […]