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Electoral losses undercut Obama clout in Asia

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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.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rude treatment from US Embassy consuls

I am writing to you to share my experience at the US Embassy when I applied for a visa two weeks ago.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Manuel Luis Quezon and sukiyaki

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Preparing for Manuel L. Quezon’s private trip to Japan on June 29-July 10, 1938, must have been a logistical nightmare because his itinerary was always changing. This was neither an official nor a state visit because the president of the Philippine Commonwealth could not chart or initiate foreign affairs, which remained with the US government until the Philippines was granted independence.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

President faces hard questions in Europe

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President Aquino embarks on a five-nation trip to Europe and the United States from Sept. 13 to 24, officially tagged as a bid “to enhance diplomatic relations and attract trade and investments.” The trip comes a year before the end of his six-year term in 2016.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Japan on our mind

In June 1992, before assuming the presidency he had just been elected to, Fidel Ramos expressed reservations about a higher military profile for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in Asia. The New York Times dutifully reported his view, that any Japanese military initiative would arouse regional concerns. Fast forward to June 2014. On an official visit to Tokyo, President Aquino all but encouraged Japan to amend its pacifist constitution.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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