China seems to have forgotten that it is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). Sadly, as it appears now, China doesn’t want to honor any rule of law, much less its commitment to the Unclos.
The World Economic Forum on East Asia ends today. The event, hosted by the Philippines for the first time, is in part a timely recognition of the country’s achievements in governance: some of the highest growth rates in Asia in the last few years, historic investment-grade ratings that have lowered the country’s borrowing costs, increasingly robust budgets for social services and infrastructure.
By Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Seven months ago, in October 2013 amid the US government shutdown, President Barack Obama decided to cancel his then-planned trips to Asia. Now the trip has taken place.
By Brahma Chellaney
The deteriorating situation in Ukraine and rising tensions between Russia and the United States threaten to bury US President Barack Obama’s floundering “pivot” toward Asia—the world’s most vibrant (but also possibly its most combustible) continent. Obama’s tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines will do little to rescue the pivot or put his regional foreign policy on a sound footing.
By Amando Doronila
A few weeks ahead of the visit of President Barack Obama to four of the United States’ Asian allies, including the Philippines, on April 28-29, to sign an enhanced defense agreement that would give the United States wider access to Philippine military bases, the US Seventh Fleet sailed into Manila Bay on March 17 in a show of force to impress upon its allies its commitment to defend them against China’s aggressive encroachments on disputed territories in the East China Sea and South China Sea.