Monthly Archives: May 2019

Philippines establishes fishermen’s shelter in Batanes

  BASCO , Philippines — Government troops have completed construction of a fisherman’s shelter on Mavulis Island, the uninhabited and northernmost island of the country. The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) on Monday formally turned over the facility to the provincial government of Batanes to serve as a shelter for fishermen from […]

Playing with fire

THE recent “airport-to-airport” experience of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales at the hands of Hong Kong immigration authorities should teach past and present government officials — and the public at large — something about the promise and peril of international law. Given our raucous democracy, Filipinos can pretty much do — and say — as they […]

Is Trump finally getting an Asia policy?

  t appears that the administration of US President Donald Trump is finally putting some meat on the bones of its Asia policy. According to news reports, acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan will unveil the United States’ new “Indo-Pacific strategy” at the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), which will be held in Singapore beginning this […]

Rare meeting between Taiwanese, US security officials angers Beijing

  China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior US and Taiwanese security officials. Taiwan’s national security chief David Lee met White House national security adviser John Bolton earlier this month, the island’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The official Central […]

South China sea tensions: Australian ships tailed by Chinese military in contested region

  THE AUSTRALIAN Navy was tailed by the Chinese military as they travelled towards Vietnam on the South Chinese Sea, near islands controversially claimed by Beijing. The Australian Navy was on a three month tour of seven Asian nations with four warships, aircraft and more than 1,200 members of crew when the incident happened, Australia’s […]

‘Philippines has right in South China Sea but no might yet’

MANILA, Philippines — For Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., the Philippines has the “right” but “no might yet” on the issue of territorial claims in the South China Sea. “Defense Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana says Sandy Cay is ours. The erudite paper I read didn’t quite say that categorically. But I like the categorical tone. […]

As tensions with the US rise, China continues to reach out to the rest of the world

  The top priority for China today is the fate of its relations with the United States, but the Chinese leadership is nonetheless determined to build extensive commercial, military, strategic, and cultural ties with the wider world. Last week, President Xi Jinping launched the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations – an event attended by […]

No Enter the Dragon

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales made the Philippines proud this week after she was refused entry for a few hours in China’s special administrative region, Hong Kong. Instead of bowing and entering Chinese territory after immigration authorities claimed there was a “mistake” in not allowing her entry, the feisty senior citizen instead decided to return home […]