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Prepare for China: Part II

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It may simply be a game for China. After all, who is the Philippines to fight back? Pushing us away from the sea, water-hosing our fishermen in Scarborough Shoal, blocking our supply ships at Second Thomas Shoal (Ayuningin Reef), China ups the ante in its bullying of the Philippines. And it seems that most Filipinos are not aware how close we are to war.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion,Viewpoints | Read More »

Prepare for China

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I have Chinese blood. More than 200 years ago, a Chinaman married a native from Iloilo City. From that union, a whole clan was born – that that clan keeps growing and growing. I am not against the Chinese. How can I be when we have shared blood?

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Milestones to mark

Despite the media’s traditional and light-hearted recourse to fortune tellers and fearless forecasts at the start of the year, nobody really knows what the new year will bring. At best, these predictions are an entertaining exercise in extrapolation; at worst, they offer a false certainty. In reality, the most anyone can do is to prepare [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

US, China sowing trouble in Asia?

Is the Philippine government not falling into a Byzantine international snare? Is the government not thinking that the United States and China are intentionally fomenting disputes in the Asian region? These queries are being raised because the results are obvious.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Lone Asean voice taking on China

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Placing consensus above all, it is fair to say that Asean leaders are generally not known for their displays of emotion or passion.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Coalition of the willing’ rising against China

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By disregarding its passport, China has sparked a torrent of diplomatic protests. The new passport carries a map that shows China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and on its border with India.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Forbes,’ ‘Por-bes,’ or ‘Pobres Park’?

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“Dasma” is short for Dasmariñas and refers to the posh gated community in Makati, not the busy Chinatown street in downtown Manila, or the first-class city in the province of Cavite. “Por-bes” used to refer to a street near España Avenue and the University of Santo Tomas named in honor of William Cameron Forbes, American governor-general of the Philippines (1908-1913), until it was changed to honor Arsenio H. Lacson, the colorful mayor of Manila (1952-1962). Forbes Park may be the premier gated community in the Philippines, but it has not kept sour grapes from commenting on mortgaged, repossessed, or sold properties in a place they sneeringly refer to as “Pobres Park.”

Posted: October 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is China losing the diplomatic plot?

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In 2016, China’s share of the global economy will be larger than America’s in purchasing-price-parity terms. This is an earthshaking development; in 1980, when the United States accounted for 25 percent of world output, China’s share of the global economy was only 2.2 percent. And yet, after 30 years of geopolitical competence, the Chinese seem to be on the verge of losing it just when they need it most.

Posted: August 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Effective deterrent to Chinese incursions

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Since the maritime standoff at Scarborough Shoal in April, when the Philippines accused Chinese fishermen of poaching in its exclusive economic zone, not a week has passed without an ever-expanding incursion by Chinese boats in disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: July 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No one can stop China in Spratlys but China or the power of world opinion

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No one can stop China from claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)—except China itself or the authoritative power of world opinion.

Posted: July 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Asean, undermined

The failure of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to issue a joint communiqué after a regular meeting of foreign ministers concluded in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh last Friday was truly unprecedented. It was the first time in the 45-year history of the Asean, a virtual paper factory with dozens of regularly scheduled, amply documented conferences every year, that a post-event statement could not be released. The failure bodes ill for the usefulness of the Asean as a regional association.

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gunboat diplomacy would favor China

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A Chinese salvage fleet of at least five vessels and several smaller boats steamed last week into a shoal off Palawan island to rescue a People’s Liberation Army warship that ran aground a reef while patrolling disputed waters in the Spratly archipelago in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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