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.
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 MANUEL F. ALMARIO
The battle of Bataan offset the timetable of the Japanese Empire in the Pacific War. It enabled the United States to rise quickly from initial setbacks, muster strength, and eventually vanquish the aggressor in shorter time and with fewer casualties than if the Filipinos had submitted more readily to the Japanese onslaught.
By Kevin H.R. Villanueva
The inexorable rise of China to the status of a superpower holds out a unique opportunity for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to follow its quest in building a “rules-based community.” Why is this so? I shall make my argument in three moves.
Some officials in Hong Kong seem to be engaging the Aquino administration in a brinkmanship game in an effort to extract an official apology for the hostage-taking crisis three years ago that left eight Chinese tourists dead. Those Hong Kong officials have been putting pressure on the Philippines with a series of “threats” aimed at hurting the economy in general and the thousands of Filipinos working in the Chinese territory in particular.