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Decades after they left the Philippines, shadows of the U.S. military loom over the misfit “Amerasian” offspring of long-departed servicemen and forgotten prostitutes....(full article)

Despite strong trade and investment ties, Asia’s political alliances are in a state of flux, thanks to China’s voracious demand for resources and aggressive moves in the South ...(full article)

US President Barack Obama's visit to the Philippines, the last leg of his recent four-nation Asian tour, produced a new bilateral defence agreement that was touted by some observer...(full article)

President Obama’s trip is a signal of renewed commitment to Asia, but it has produced few definitive signs that the U.S. is making progress in its bid for leadership. After a...(full article)

Barack Obama is winding down his four-country tour of Asia this evening with a banquet in Manila. Time to assess the latest chapter in America’s vaunted “pivot” t...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Asia's Two Very Different Futures - Zachary Keck, The National Interest

It’s well established that we are living in the Asian Century. Just what the Asian Century will look like is open to debate....

Can Asia Prevent Its Own Crimea? - Bonnie Glaser & Ely Ratner, GPS

With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major po...

Next Blow Up: China vs. Philippines - Donald Emmerson, East Asia Forum

The world is distracted by Ukraine while a new crisis brews in Asia....

Why Is China Really Provoking Its Neighbors? - Kaplan & Baker, Stratfor

What we are seeing, therefore, is mainly a managed set of confrontations that serve domestically in China to keep the nationalistic spirit at a high volume in order to reinforce th...

Philippines Tangles with China in South China Sea - New York Times

China has made it clear that it will not participate in the United Nations arbitration tribunal and demanded a negotiated settlement with the Philippines....

America the Generous - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

Does American aid have geopolitical implications? Most certainly. Is Washington participating in rescue efforts to make Beijing look bad in a competition that spans East Asia? Undo...

Harsh Realities in Wake of Storm - Tanya Ileto Diaz, The Diplomat

Situated in a region prone to severe winds, floods and storm surges, the Philippines is no stranger to typhoons. But the overwhelming scale of destruction left behind by Haiyan h...

What Haiyan Taught Us About China - Walter Lohman, National Interest

If the Asia Pacific region ever needed a reminder of the difference between a U.S.-led order and one shaped by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the respective reactions of...

U.S.-Philippine Ties Stand Strong - David Feith, Wall Street Journal

Guiuan and the other areas most devastated by Typhoon Haiyan lie around Leyte Gulf, scene of the U.S. Navy's decisive victory over Japan in the biggest naval battle of World War ...

Typhoon Haiyan: Worse than Hell - The Economist

Early estimates of the economic cost are about $15 billion. This relatively low figure reflects the fact that Haiyan laid waste to some of the poorest regions of the country. Their...

A Typhoon's Deadly Course - Irish Times

Only a month ago an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale had caused over 200 deaths in the Philippines. And then on Friday, the mother of all storms, Typhoon Haiyan, rampa...

Is China Punishing the Philippines? - David Bosco, Foreign Policy

Embroiled in a nasty legal fight over the South China Sea, Beijing is putting Manila on notice -- even in the midst of tragedy....

Typhoon Haiyan's Tiny Silver Lining - Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on FR

In the wake of the typhoon, public pressure to reduce graft and upgrade infrastructure could be a positive outcome for the Philippines....

Tons of Aid in Philippines, but Not Where Needed - Pitman & Gomez, AP

The day after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippine coast, a team of 15 doctors and logistics experts was ready to fly here to the worst-hit city to help. On Tuesday, five d...

How We Will Help the Philippines - Dan Lamothe, Foreign Policy

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The Horror After Haiyan - The Economist

The Philippines is accustomed to tropical cyclones. About 20 pass over or near it each year. As Typhoon Haiyan approached, tens of thousands of people in its path followed the ordi...

America Herding Cats in the Asia Pacific - Michael Wesley, The Strategist

Ask any specialist on Asian security to describe the strategic policies of China's neighbours and you're more likely than not to hear the word ‘hedging' in the reply. As they...

Philippines, Vietnam in S. China Sea - Pitlo & Karambelkar, The Diplomat

Among the claimants and littoral states of the South China Sea (SCS), the Philippines and Vietnam have been the most vocal in expressing their alarm and concern over growing Chin...

U.S. Military Returns to the Philippines - Foreign Policy Research Institute

"This is not primarily a military relationship" answered the U.S. ambassador in Manila when asked about the relations between the Philippines and the United States. Perhaps not, b...

Why Philippines Should Matter to India - C. Raja Mohan, Indian Express

When India looks east, the Philippines hardly figures on its radar for there is little awareness in Delhi of Manila's growing strategic significance for Asia. Long viewed as the "s...

Why the Philippines Frustrates America - Dan McGroarty, RealClearWorld

With Egypt in flames, the Russian reset in ruins, and the near-daily revelation of new surveillance surprises from the Snowden flash-drives, there's little appetite on the part of ...

The $7 Trillion Problem That Could Sink Asia - William Pesek, Bloomberg

The Treasury should engage with its Asian counterparts in a cooperative, transparent brainstorming process to draw down their reserves without devastating markets. It’s in the U....

Worried Philippines Invites the U.S. Back - Matt Gurney, National Post

Twenty one years after being told to pack up and go home, units of the American military may soon be returning to the Philippines. For decades, the American complex of bases at Su...

FYI, U.S. Just Won a War in the Philippines - David Axe, War Is Boring

The U.S. military battled Islamists in the Philippines beginning in 1899, when the islands — the spoils of the Spanish-American War — became an American territory. The fighting...

Philippines vs. China Moves to the UN - The Strategist

"What belongs to us belongs to us," Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, said in a speech marking the 115th anniversary of the country's navy. In January of this ye...

Plucky Philippines Right to Challenge China - David Pilling, FT

Nine dashes, five judges, two contestants. It sounds like a reality television show. In fact, it is the rather obscure, but very important, beginning of a process to delineate fier...

How Manila Bungled the Taiwan Crisis - Dennis Halpin, The Diplomat

Responding to a recent piece in The Diplomat, Dennis Halpin argues that the missteps were Manila’s....

The World Still Needs American Muscle - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Security officials in countries as diverse as Japan and Poland, Vietnam and Romania desperately hope that all this talk about American soft power overtaking American hard power is ...

U.S. Perilously Ignores Asia Island Conflicts - Donald Gross, Huffington Post

For most Americans, conflicting claims by Asian countries to small islands in the South China and East China Seas are a sideshow that distract from more serious national security i...

Taiwan Flexes Its Muscles - The Guardian

By hook or by crook, Taiwan is winning greater regional influence under a leader criticised at home as being too pro-Chinese....

Philippines-Taiwan Spat a Big Headache for U.S. - Jake Watts, Quartz

A contentious territorial dispute between Taiwan and the Philippines is having nasty repercussions -- and the U.S. is caught in the middle....

Asia's Next High Seas Drama - J. Michael Cole, Flashpoints

The 15-tonne Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 was docked at the Ta Fu fishing port on Siaoliouciou, off Pingtung County in Taiwan’s south. Forensic technicians were busy photographing the ...

Burma, Philippines & Sri Lanka: Asia's Next Tigers? - Peter Coclanis, WAJ

The Philippines. Sri Lanka. Burma. Each, rightly or wrongly, was a darling of the development community in 1960. Each tanked, but each may soon be appearing on what Jim O’Nei...

Battle over Birth Control in the Philippines - William Pesek, Bloomberg

The church professes to help those most in need and preaches the gospel of protecting society’s weakest -- poor women and children. How, then, can the bishops who wield such disp...

Could the Next Pope Be Asian? - Jonathan DeHart, The Diplomat

One interesting possibility is Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. At only 55 years of age, he donned a red cardinal’s biretta and a gold ring to become the second...

Filipino Super-Typhoon an Ominous Warning - Simon Tisdall, Guardian

Philippines is having to adapt and adjust to rapidly deteriorating climatic trends at a great cost to its economy....

Should We Still Fear al-Qaeda? - Peter Bergen, CNN

If history is a guide, the jihadist militants, whether in Syria or elsewhere, are likely to repeat the mistakes and failures that their fellow militants have experienced during the...

Like the Balkans, Asia Primed for War - Kevin Rudd, Foreign Policy

These are no ordinary times in East Asia. With tensions rising from conflicting territorial claims in the East China and South China seas, the region increasingly resembles a 21st-...

Philippines' Aquino Bravely Takes On China - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Say what you want about Benigno Aquino, but the Philippine president has some brass. First he arrested predecessor Gloria Arroyo on corruption charges and ousted her Supreme Court...

Japan Turns to Southeast Asia - Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

The Japanese are increasingly viewing Southeast Asia as an attractive site for major manufacturing facilities. Production costs are increasingly competitive with China's, where Jap...

Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2013 - Louise Arbour, Foreign Policy

  Every year, around the world, old conflicts worsen, new ones emerge and, occasionally, some situations improve. There is no shortage of storm clouds looming over 2013: Once ...

Understanding the South China Sea Disputes - Indian Defence Review

The South China Sea is bounded by China in the North, the Philippines in the East, Vietnam in the West, Malaysia as also Brunei in the South East and Indonesia in the South West. T...

Philippines Running Out of Options with China - Richard Heydarian, WPR

Earlier this year, the Philippines and China teetered on the brink of direct military confrontation over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, precipitating a series of hig...

Why Asia's Insurgencies Are Europe's Shame - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Divide-and-rule European imperialists, favoring one ethnic group and persecuting or neglecting another, or drawing arbitrary lines in the sand or the grass, originally transformed ...

Hurricane Sandy's Lesson for Asia - Michael Richardson, Japan Times

As Hurricane Sandy, with its devastating winds, rain and ocean surges battered New York and other areas along the U.S. Atlantic recently, another fierce tropical storm was sweeping...

About the Philippines

  • Republic of the Philippines
  • Population: 97,976,603 (12th)
  • Area Size: 120,000 sq mi (72nd)
  • GDP: $318.2 billion (38th)
  • Currency: Peso (PHP)
  • Official Language: Filipino, English
  • Capital City: Manila
  • Largest City: Quezon City

Philippines Prosperity Rank: 66

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