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Sona sends understated message to China

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President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address carried an understated message to China concerning the Philippines’ maritime disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea. The message was tucked in Page 11 of the 22-page English text of the Sona.

Posted: August 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Japan, Australia firm up defense ties against China

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The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Canberra last week sent reassuring words to the Philippines amid its increasing concerns over China’s assertive claims vis-à-vis disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Best to de-link ‘security’ ties with Japan from old issues

Inquirer’s June 27 editorial titled “Japan on our mind” well expresses the attitude of the nation regarding its new relationship with Japan and our request for her assistance amid our growing dispute with China.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | 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 »

A ‘reunion’ in Japan

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Soon after his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, President Aquino took a chartered flight with some Cabinet members and media to this city.

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

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