Taking calculated risks to uphold PH sovereignty

In his first State of the Nation Address, President Marcos Jr. stated that he will “not preside over any process that will abandon even a square inch of the territory of the Republic of the Philippines to any foreign power.” As the chief architect of Philippine foreign policy, the President made clear that on the issue of territorial integrity and sovereignty, the Philippines “will stand firm in our independent foreign policy, with the national interest as our primordial guide.” While no country or area was named, his statement is easily…

Is China really helping Russia in war against Ukraine? 

To explain China’s approach toward the war in Ukraine, we must first step back before the war. In the meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin before the start of the Winter Olympics, both sides emphasized that their relations are very strong and do not face any restrictions. It is said that in the same meeting, Chinese officials had asked Moscow to postpone military action until the Winter Olympics concluded. Whether or not the Chinese officials really made this request in that meeting, the Russian attack took place. As a…

South China Sea fisheries deal needed

MARITIME or fishery cooperation between the Philippines and China will allow both countries to harness resources in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), analysts said, but reaching a deal remains tricky given longstanding territorial claims. In a paper on Philippine policies and practices, political scientist Rommel Banlaoi said that “littoral states can learn many lessons from the Philippines to promote joint fishery management cooperation” in the South China Sea (SCS), the disputed parts of which the country calls the WPS. “However, fishery management cooperation in the SCS, particularly in the Spratlys,…

Asean China SCS Code of conduct will take time to resolve, says Singapore diplomat

Top Singapore diplomat Ong Keng Yong has said when it comes to negotiations for Asean China Code of Conduct, it “will take time to resolve”. The code of conduct is for South China sea (SCS) and aims to reduce risk of any crisis in the region whose large swathes are claimed by Beijing. Speaking to our diplomatic correspondent Sidhant Sibal in Singapore, Yong said, “The difference is now being resolved, it’s not easy. Simply put, The Chinese side wants to create a new legal and international regime for a region…

US warns about foreign efforts to sway American voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are warning ahead of the November midterms that Russia is working to amplify doubts about the integrity of U.S. elections while China is interested in undermining American politicians it sees as threats to Beijing’s interests. An unclassified intelligence advisory, newly obtained by The Associated Press, says China is probably seeking to influence select races to “hinder candidates perceived to be particularly adversarial to Beijing.” In the advisory, sent to state and local officials in mid-September, intelligence officials said they believe Beijing sees a lower risk…

U.S. Needs to Renew Pacts With Pacific Island Nations as Bulwark Against China

Congress has a decision to make soon that will affect the nation’s ability to deter China and maintain the U.S. role in the Pacific. Without meaningful action to renew U.S. agreements with several Pacific Island nations, China will be positioned to gain greater leverage and influence across what was once an American lake. A year from now on Sept. 30, 2023, provisions within bilateral compact agreements binding the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia to the U.S. begin to expire. Negotiations are…

A Dangerous Time for the United States Of America – The Friday Times

The United States has had enjoyed an unprecedented global hegemony since the end of the cold war in 1989. The collapse of the USSR had provided the United States an opportunity to expand its liberal global order in the global world. The United States was free to Rome in every realm of international relations. The reason of the US’s unchallenged supremacy was the absence of a parallel competitor; however, it was coupled with the internal stability at home. The stability at home ensures the strength of the foreign policy of…

China racing for 6th-gen fighter edge over US

China claims to be making steady progress on its 6th generation fighter jet, potentially tipping the Pacific air balance of power in its favor vis-a-vis the US if it fails to keep pace with its rival program. While there is no universally-agreed definition of what constitutes a 6th generation fighter, the type will likely feature advanced and emerging technologies such as modular design, machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, drone swarms and optionally-manned capability. A September article from Air and Space Forces Magazine mentions that China is working…