By Amando Doronila
Weakened by electoral losses in the US midterm polls, President Obama sought over the weekend to reassure anxious American allies in the Asia-Pacific region of Washington’s resolve or capacity to counter China’s aggressive territorial claims in the region.
By Yuriko Koike
Successful diplomatic summits are almost always precooked affairs, with every aspect of the meeting, from the initial handshakes to the final communiqué, minutely choreographed.
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.