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    Japan and Philippines Strengthen Strategic Partnership

    Philippine President Beningo Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who just returned from a week of high-level dialogues at the U.N. headquarters in New York, met in Tokyo September 27 to discuss how they can strengthen their strategic partnership. Noda and Aquino’s dialogue focused on bolstering their maritime … More

    Getting Serious in South China Sea: Philippines Boosts Defense Spending

    Barely a week after returning from his relations-repairing state visit to Beijing, which he dubbed a success, President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has directed the release of $118 million in order to “enhance the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ capability to secure the territory of the Philippines…including providing a … More

    U.S. Ship for Philippines a Good Start, But Much More to Be Done

    Today, upon inspecting the Philippine navy’s newest flagship, the 115-meter Gregario del Pilar, Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared that the ship “symbolises our newly acquired ability to guard, protect, and if necessary, fight for the interests of our country.” Vice Admiral Alexander Pama of the Philippine navy went further in … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 11, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe.   South China Sea: It’s not Beijing’s lake – Kim Holmes Are federal social programs working? No one knows. – David Muhlhausen Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s … More

    Mullen Should Hold Firm on Freedom of the Seas during China Talks

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will be in the People’s Republic of China for much of the next week to engage in talks with his counterparts from the People’s Liberation Army. His visit comes amidst a thaw in U.S.–Chinese military-to-military relations, capped by the visit … More

    South China Sea: Make the Chinese Guess

    The U.S. has long held that the U.S.–Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty does not extend to Philippine claims in the South China Sea. There may have been a time when that position was prudent. After all, what interest could the U.S. have had getting involved in a spat among six relatively … More

    U.N. Doesn’t Give America Its “Seat at the Table” in Maritime Disputes

    Call it the old “seat at the table” argument. The U.S. Senate should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the argument goes, in order to give America “a seat at the table” in resolving maritime disputes. It’s an argument that has been made so … More

    Inaugurating a New Era in the U.S. Philippines Alliance

    Americans do not think about the Philippines as much as they have in eras past.  At the end of the 19th century and beginning of 20th, we fought a war there, first to liberate the Philippines from Spain, and then to establish an American colony.  Over the last 100 years, … More

    A Slap of Reality in the South China Sea

    Two weeks ago the Obama Administration celebrated the first successful U.S.-China military-to-military talks of the new administration. Then this past Sunday, they found out relations with China were not always going to be so easy. Five Chinese ships harassed the USNS Impeccable in international waters off the cost of Hainan … More