Unity within Asean needed over the South China Sea issue

THE Philippines assumed the Asean chairmanship from Laos with the heavy responsibility to tackle the issues besetting the region. A the top of the list is the territorial dispute in the South China Sea (SCS), which involves four of the Asean members, namely Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and a non-Asean member Taiwan. The Asean […]

AEC: Taking a leaf from the Eurozone?

WITH the rules guiding the Asean Economic Community (AEC) seemingly pro-investor and favorable to the business community,there are fears that the unsuspecting public might become the victims of a capitalist plot. While the capitalists in the region may get overprotected by the new rulings since the AEC came into force, there are talks on whether […]

China’s policy a continuous source of regional tensions

BEIJING is slowly but steadily changing the nature, geography, landscape and the history of the South China Sea (SCS) to suit its geopolitical strategy and to further bolster its claims. China’s uncompromising stand on the whole of the SCS, despite the Hague­based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling handed in July 201 6 favouring the […]

China risks reputation damage in rejecting UNCLOS ruling

The international arbitration tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has ruled in favor of the Philippines in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea. While the smaller nations in contention against China in the South China Sea (SCS) conflict expressed their support for the ruling, […]