Monthly Archives: October 2013

China’s territorial claims in West Philippine Sea mere claims, not rights—DFA exec

MANILA, Philippines – China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) does not give it the right to the hotly contested territory because they are “just mere claims” and do not adhere to international laws. “There is a fundamental difference between entitlements and claims under international law,” Assistant Secretary Henry Bensurto Jr. […]

China must ‘play by the rules’, Philippines must arm, say US experts

China has to learn to “play by the rules” and the Philippines must sharply boost its defences to keep South China Sea territorial spats from escalating, two former US officials said on Friday. The Philippines has consistently accused China of aggressively pressing its claim to most of the South China Sea, even up to the […]

The South China Sea and the Lessons of History

In 1980, Indonesia and Malaysia were prepared to sell off both Thailand’s interest as a front line state and the related concerns of Singapore and the Philippines. Indonesia and Malaysia’s interests were more abstract. Their priority was to assure the long-term preservation and expansion of ASEAN and to keep outside powers from interfering. Addressing their […]

Speech: US, China and ASEAN: The Evolving Realities in the West Philippine Sea

Rafael M. Alunan III Asian Institute of Management October, 4, 2013   Former President FVR; former Prime Minister Cesar Virata; distinguished speakers (who will be properly introduced later); members of the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet, past and present; the national security sector; diplomatic corps; members of academe and the business community: Good morning! This is the […]