Open and free Indo-Pacific region

Open and free Indo-Pacific region

Over the past several weeks, Filipinos were bombarded with the phrase “open and free Indo-Pacific region” as the United States made a hard sell on its strategy to remain the dominant power in this part of the world. The Philippines willingly embraced the American...
David and Goliath in the South China Sea dispute

David and Goliath in the South China Sea dispute

On April 23, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel and a Philippine Coast Guard ship nearly collided with each other near the disputed Ayungin Shoal in the South China Sea. The former was more than twice the size of the latter.The much larger and faster Chinese vessel was...
Arrogance and conflict

Arrogance and conflict

In the 1930s, Japan thought it was the greatest nation in Asia, having defeated a huge and powerful country in the Russo-Japanese conflict.Japan had also annexed the Korean peninsula and the resource-rich Manchuria in northern China.Tokyo had great ambitions of...
China’s empty promises

China’s empty promises

Only a few days after Chinese leader Xi Jinping promised to “find a solution” that would allow Filipino fishermen to go to its traditional fishing grounds in the South China Sea, China’s law enforcement vessels drove local fishermen away from Ayungin Shoal. There was...