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Rodrigo Duterte is a gift to The Philippines by playing China against USA


Rodrigo Duterte is at the halfway point of his presidency of the Philippines and since coming to power in 2016, he has made huge waves domestically and internationally for his tough talk and policies. The one policy that has defined his presidency is his signature war on drugs that has killed thousands and prompted fierce … Continue reading

India, The Philippines and Indonesia will overtake China as top drivers of global economy


India and the Philippines will be the top drivers of global economic growth over the next decade, beating China. That’s according to an Oxford Economics study published earlier this year, which ranks the top ten emerging market economies to dominate the global economy over the next ten years. In terms of economic growth, that is. … Continue reading

The ultimate betrayal by Rodrigo Duterte to the Republic of the Philippines and the international community


It is a basic and elementary knowledge that in international law, “sovereignty means that a government possesses full control over affairs within a territorial or geographical area or limit.” While in our local jurisdiction, the fundamental law in Article I of the 1987 Philippine Constitution expressly provided that the national territory of the country is … Continue reading

The ultimate betrayal of Rodrigo Duterte to the Filipino people and his utter love for China and Xi Jinping


I refer to “Duterte Stands by China, Doubts Own Fishermen in Sea Collision” by Andreo Calonzo published by Bloomberg on June 18th with regard to the indescribable betrayal of the hoodlum from Davao to the Filipino people and his unquestionable bias and love of China and its leader, specificallyXi Jin Ping. According to the said … Continue reading

Prostitution, bias and treachery of a pseudo-“historian” about China’s early contact with Philippines


I refer to Mr. Ocampo’s article “Salazar’s 1590 report on the Manila Chinese”, PDI, which appeared on Feb 6th. I concur in a sense to the positive contribution of the early Chinese to our people and history. Indeed, contact between two people and two civilizations does not only result to clashes and conflict, there also … Continue reading

China again threatening to invade Philippines island of Pagasa


It appears that China, emboldened by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s kowtowing to China, is once again planning to invade the Philippines island of Pagasa. China’s plans to invade Pagasa, known as Zhongye by the Chinese, were first revealed in a world exclusive by China Daily Mail in January 2014. This led to representations by the … Continue reading

Control over South China Sea: its historical burden and future


Control over the sea waters relies heavily on relative technological superiority because, unlike the control over a piece of land, you cannot simply station a large quantity of soldiers on the water surface permanently, nor settling civilians on it. Therefore, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines wisely points out that the competition for controlling the … Continue reading

Duterte in between China and Quad


“Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence …” reported by Reuters on Feb 19, 2018. These four countries are commonly referred to as the “Quad”, the driving force … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 13, 2017


At the APEC summit in Vietnam, Putin told Trump that Russia had not interfered in the 2016 election. Putin was sincere. At the same time, Taiwan is beefing-up cybersecurity, ostensibly to counter “daily” and “Russian style” attacks originating in China. If everyone’s rhetoric holds true, that means that there aren’t any threats at all. Trump … Continue reading

China marks South China Sea claims with coast guard, marine militias


China’s growing use of non-conventional means to assert control over the South China Sea is raising concerns among neighboring countries and regional military planners. Analysts say that in “front line” flash points in the vast waterway, Beijing is deploying coast guard ships and armed fishing vessels instead of its regular navy vessels. China claims sovereignty … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia May 29, 2017


The situation in the Western Pacific grows more precarious. Muslims have taken over some territory in the Philippines. Martial law has been declared in those areas. The Philippines’ president, Duterte, has offered to resign if he can’t keep the peace. For a long time, the Filipino people have wanted respect as a sovereign nation, hungering for … Continue reading

America’s South China Sea operation a sign of support to Philippines


The move of the US Navy to sail near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands shows Washington’s support for the Philippines‘ claims over the South China Sea. US officials earlier confirmed that guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef, one of China‘s artificial islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has … Continue reading

Drafting peace in the Pacific


We no longer live in a world without alliances. Yes, individual nations retain sovereignty within their borders. However, the days are over when a single nation will boss and police an entire region alone. One nation can no longer take out an “enemy” in another nation as the “lone ranger”. Any nation that tries will … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 6, 2017


China took the bait once again. Whether independence for Hong Kong and Taiwan would be better or worse, that independence becomes more likely every time the topic even comes up, no matter how much dissent the idea receives. Within China’s borders, the “all press is good press” principle may seem to work differently, but when … Continue reading

Chinese paper calls Trump ‘as ignorant as a child’ after Taiwan comment


President-elect Trump is talking about Taiwan again — and China is not pleased. In an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox News, Trump said the United States was not bound by the “One China” policy, the decades-old diplomatic understanding that underpins ties between Washington and Beijing. “I don’t know why we have to be bound by … Continue reading

China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call


China flew a long-range nuclear-capable bomber outside China for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, two US officials told Fox News. The dramatic show of force was meant to send a message to the new administration, according to the officials. It marks the second time Beijing flew bombers … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 31, 2016


Chinese President Xi has been hailed with a personality cult akin to support for Chairman Mao, at least in some circles. As if the Xi personality cult wasn’t enough, China also saw a bloodless victory in the Philippines. In an effort to seek their own so-called “independence”, Philippinos’ new choice of a president has thrown-off … Continue reading

The Philippines and China will have a deal rather than a fight – 2016 update


In my 2013 Nov 27 China Daily Mail article, I wrote that: “… Aquino’s personal style of high profile leadership will be ended by the completion of his tenure. Both ordinary Filipinos and the powerful oligarchic groups such as Cojuangco, Ayala and Roxas will sensibly choose the path to talk for preserving and fostering their … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 24, 2016


Pro-China legislators blocked the swearing-in of pro-Independence lawmakers in Hong Kong. Pro-Independence activists from Hong Kong told Taiwanese not to give up on independence. China said that independence for either Taiwan or Hong Kong is a “futile” plot. Then, Hong Kong told Taiwan not to meddle in other countries’ affairs. Taiwan’s former president from the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 10, 2016


The tied rises and falls, but tensions only rise in the Pacific, week after week. This week, China and its old buddy, Russia, were seen in public together. And, it seems China has a new friend in the Philippines’ defense office. The tension is at such a point where the public has not only learned … Continue reading

Philippines, US halt plans on joint South China Sea patrols


Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday that he told the U.S. military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea have been put on hold, the first concrete break in defence cooperation after months of increasingly strident comments by the country’s new president. Lorenzana also said that 107 … Continue reading

Philippines wants to ‘open alliances’ with Russia and China


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” in relations with former colonial ruler the United States, so … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 26, 2016


The iPhone 7 is why Taiwan’s market jumped last week. The US presidential debate is why the Asian market dipped Monday. At least, that’s what the “experts” say. The US and Philippine militaries will practice, especially since the Philippine president thinks he needs more US troops in his back yard pool. China flew no small … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 12, 2016


North Korea launched “another” nuke test. The announcement made sure that the North Koreans knew that it didn’t harm the environment. The Philippines released photos proving that China was doing what it had already been found guilty of and yet didn’t care. Obama and China pointed fingers at each other this week. Reportedly, yet unconfirmed, … Continue reading

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China


The Japanese government said on Wednesday it is ready to provide Vietnam with new patrol ships, in its latest step to boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries locked in territorial rows with China. On Tuesday, Japan agreed to provide two large patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 15, 2016


While Taiwan accepts yet another slow-delivery weapons deal, one of the slowest to date, China continues to build on the ocean to face off against the United States. It’s pure war strategy, East to West. The argument goes that China carefully times its strategic “stepping on toes”. The next purported toe will be the site … Continue reading

Vietnam is moving rocket launchers into the disputed South China Sea


Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into … Continue reading

China criticises US, Japan, Australia for ‘fanning’ tensions in South China Sea


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticised the United States, Japan and Australia for a joint statement on the South China Sea that he said was only “fanning the flames” of regional tensions just as countries have agreed to cool them down. Wang said in a statement Wednesday that the move by the three countries came … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 25, 2016


The words “China” and “tariffs” are appearing in headlines together again. Cambodia is seen as a Chinese puppet in ASEAN. And, one dissenting opinion from Forbes claims that tariffs are only about consumers, not about jobs and whole economies. Contrary to China’s unspoken messages, Beijing asks for more economic cooperation, but Europe is stealing the … Continue reading

Philippines rules out talks with China over international tribunal ruling


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte assured US lawmakers Wednesday that he has no plans to negotiate with China over their territorial dispute in the South China Sea even as former President Fidel Ramos said he will meet with the President over the weekend to discuss his role as presidential troubleshooter for talks with Beijing. Connecticut Senator … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 18, 2016


The Hague ruling has stirred the waters and the ripples are bouncing. According to the tribunal, China has no basis for its claims concerning the nine-dash line. However, this also affects sovereign waters Taiwan has enjoyed, and it has implications for an islet Japan uses as a basis for a wide reaching aquatic claim. Taiwan, … Continue reading

China must be stopped from blocking supply in the South China Sea


Australia and other countries are currently pushing for freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, in response to China’s aggression and illegal claims in the region. For the immediate future, these countries should have a permanent presence in this area to ensure freedom of navigation for international trade vessels and local fishermen. The … Continue reading

China may establish air defence zone over South China Sea after losing court ruling


China said Wednesday it has the right to set up an air defence zone in the hotly disputed South China Sea, a day after a landmark court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the contested waters. Liu Zhenmin, China’s vice foreign minister, told a press conference in Beijing that China’s sovereignty over the bulk of the … Continue reading

International tribunal rejects China’s claims in South China Sea


An international tribunal in The Hague, The Permanent Court of Arbitration, has delivered a sweeping rebuke on Tuesday of China’s behaviour in the South China Sea, from the construction of artificial islands to interference with fishing, and ruled that its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis. The tribunal also said … Continue reading

The Hague ruling against China is a moral victory for international law, but the struggle continues…


I am writing on the eve of the expected judgement to be handed by the Hague Court which various international experts, pundits and scholars had already considered to be historic. This case concerns the bold and unprecedented act of the Philippine government of suing China before an international court. Manila asked the said “tribunal of … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 20, 2016


Last week, Taiwan’s president forgot the law that his own political party created as a means of controlling the other political party, that won in a landslide. The Japanese seem to have a better memory. Abuse of international agreements has irritated Okinawans for over half of a century. A recent murder committed by US personnel … Continue reading

China threatens to impose air defence identification zone in South China Sea


China is preparing an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, two years after it announced a similar one in the East China Sea, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army and a defence report. But one source said the timing of any declaration would ­depend on security conditions in … Continue reading

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US


The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative. Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but … Continue reading

China denies US aircraft carrier entry to Hong Kong, no reason given


Beijing denied a US aircraft carrier permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a US consulate official says, a rejection that comes amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea. The Chinese Foreign Ministry told the US on Thursday night the visit by the USS John C. Stennis would not be allowed, said … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 25, 2016


North Korea launched a missile that travelled 1/10 the distance it needs to. Pyongyang considered it a “success”. China has come to a consensus about it’s activity in the South China Sea. The consensus did not include all ASEAN nations. And, the US continues to disagree with the consensus. The City Council Speaker of a … Continue reading

Manila-Beijing relations to determine ASEAN growth


As the two possible ‘Joint Development Areas’ — “off Triton Island in the Paracels” and “Reed Bank off Philippine Palawan” [Note 1] — have almost been out of the minds of both the analysts and general public of the Philippines, a failure to revive the Manila–Beijing relation after the May 9 presidential election would jeopardize … Continue reading

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols


The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea naval patrols with the Philippines, escalating its presence as it accused Beijing of “militarising” a region which is locked in territorial disputes. In a show of strength, US defence secretary Ashton Carter also announced that 275 troops and five A-10 ground attack aircraft currently … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 7, 2016


China’s political Two Sessions just finished. It is good to see concern for responsibility, enforcement, growth, and grace within China’s governance. Clean air was on the agenda. 300,000 soldiers have been cut from active duty, mostly non-infantry. The military did not get the 2.5% budget increase it wanted, only 1.5%. A number of generals are … Continue reading

US says China will be bound by maritime arbitration ruling in South China Sea


A senior U.S. official says that an upcoming ruling on a case brought by the Philippines to arbitrate territorial claims in the South China Sea will also be binding on China despite its boycott of the proceedings. China contends it won’t be bound by the ruling that the Hague-based tribunal will deliver this year. Chinese … Continue reading

U.S. says it is open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China


The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 1, 2016


Age of provocation. China warned everyone, this week. Soros had better not declare war on Chinese currency—or else. Taiwan had better not do a lot of things. The US had better not do a lot of things. Basically, the world “had better not”. The Pacific conflict is reaching the point where China expects a World … Continue reading

South China Sea: China creates facts, builds ground to serve them.


It was 1829 and a young nation seeking to protect key sea lanes dispatched a commodore to remote islets and reefs, “over which the sea broke.” He found safe anchorage and went on to report if a hostile power should occupy them, national interests would be in “deadly peril”; and that “nothing but absolute naval … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 6, 2016


No one is happier today than Beijing. More hoops for law-abiding gun owners to hop through means an easier cakewalk if China invaded it’s number one enemy. Without the logistic ability to invade the US, all of China’s antics in the Pacific, including landing the first plane on their man-made military islands, are dead in … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 14, 2015


As elections push forward in Taiwan and Malaysia, China faces it’s own political issue: Military reform. The report from Reuters demonstrates two things. Firstly, we see that China’s military does, in fact, need reform. This is evidenced by the 300k military jobs cut since September. With an obviously larger shakeup coming, it is clear that … Continue reading

China buys Russian Su-35 fighter jets to patrol South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in mil.huanqiu.com says that China had a long and hard discussion with Russia for 7 years for the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets, until it entered into a contract of purchase of 24 Su-35s for US$2 billion. The … Continue reading

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