Philippines

Is there a Global Epidemic of Protest?

In an article in The Diplomat, Robert Kelly raised an interesting question regarding whether the youth protests that have engulfed Turkey, Brazil, Egypt will spread to Asia. He argued that all of them have a common denominator with other Asian countries, where there are: [W]ell-educated youth, exposed through modern technologies to the reality of better, cleaner governance elsewhere. And...

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Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (II): Domestic politics in command

Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (II): Domestic politics in command

In my previous post, I examined the general nature of the current dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan and the foreign policy motivations on the Taiwan side. Yet, the behaviour of Taiwan’s government in the aftermath of the incident from May 9 that resulted in death of a Taiwanese fisherman after his boat was fired upon...

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Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (I): One international law, two interpretations

Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (I): One international law, two interpretations

A short time ago, I praised Taiwan for reaching an agreement with Japan on fishing in the area around Diaoyutai/Senkaku islands. It was a rare occasion on which two sides reached consensus on a highly disputed issue involving sovereignty claims and resource sharing. However, the seas of East and Southeast Asia offer plenty of opportunities to get...

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South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

China's rising power is becoming a boon for its East Asian neighbors.

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Jianghu on the Rocks

Jianghu on the Rocks

A Chinese frigate has gotten itself stuck in a bind — or rather, a shoal — in the South China Sea. According to the Sydney Morning Herald: The frigate pinned itself to a reef last night at Half Moon Shoal, on the south-eastern edge of the Spratly Islands, and remains “thoroughly stuck”, according to Western...

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Japan’s MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

When? Next week it would seem. Hot on the heels of a promise to supply a number of JCG vessels to the Philippines, Japan is now also sending three JMSDF naval training ships to Manila for a four-day port call from 28 May to 31 May. The ships are reported to be the JS Kashima (TV-3505),...

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Alliance Diversification Watch: Japan and the Philippines

Is Japan about to enter the South China Sea dispute in a concrete way and provide up to 10 Japanese Coast Guard  Ships to the Philippines? I guess the timing could not be better for the Philippines given the current tensions surrounding the Scarborough Shoal standoff. However the news is not yet official as the...

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Update #6: Chinese/Philippine Standoff Passes Three Weeks, Rumors of War Hit Chinese Media

Update #6: Chinese/Philippine Standoff Passes Three Weeks, Rumors of War Hit Chinese Media

Yesterday the internet flared up with rumors of China moving towards a state of war with the Philippines over the now three week Scarborough Shoal issue.

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Update #5: U.S. Reaffirms Defense of Philippines as Tensions with China Rise

Update #5: U.S. Reaffirms Defense of Philippines as Tensions with China Rise

The United States could have picked a better day to reassure the Philippines on which side of the fence they stand on as the Scarborough Shoal standoff reaches week four

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Update #4: The Philippines Turns to the U.S. over Two-Week Chinese/Philippine Scarborough Shoal Standoff

Update #4: The Philippines Turns to the U.S. over Two-Week Chinese/Philippine Scarborough Shoal Standoff

China has pulled out their "Yuzheng 310 " ship and another maritime surveillance vessel, but tensions around the Scarborough Shoal continue

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Update #3: The Chinese/Philippine Standoff Over Scarborough Shoal Hits Day 10

Update #3: The Chinese/Philippine Standoff Over Scarborough Shoal Hits Day 10

Last week at this time, China and the Philippines looked near a potential resolution. One week later, diplomacy has gotten nowhere.

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Update: Philippine and Chinese Vessels Continue Standoff Over Scarborough Shoal EEZ Rights

Update: Philippine and Chinese Vessels Continue Standoff Over Scarborough Shoal EEZ Rights

While ships involved in the confrontation continue to change, the Philippines and China continue to knock heads over their territorial rights

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