A treaty ally of the United States, the Philippines is an important country in counterterrorism efforts in Southeast Asia. The Philippines also has an important stake in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The U.S. relationship with the Philippines has historically been one of the closest in East Asia.
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Speech by Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr., Secretary of National Defense, Republic of the Philippines
The Asian Studies Center
America's Commitment to the Pacific
Previous editions of this product have illustrated America’s resident power status in Asia and the continuing, critical importance of its commitment to leadership there. They have sought to demonstrate in graphic fashion what is at stake for the U.S. from the economy to security to human liberty.
Despite increased U.S. foreign policy attention over the past decade, human trafficking remains widespread and deeply entrenched in many Asian countries. The precise number of people being trafficked is difficult to estimate, but new studies suggest nearly 36 million victims worldwide. Of those 36 million, nearly two-thirds are from Asia. Total profits from worldwide…
Often overlooked in the tumult of Washington’s foreign policy debates is the remarkable consistency of U.S. foreign and trade policies over time. This is due to one immutable factor: American national interests. When U.S. policy moves away from our national interest, not only does it cease to serve its…
About the Author
William T. Wilson, PhD, is a senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center, of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation.
In the 14 years of the new millennium, Southeast Asia has had some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Indonesia’s economy has been cruising at…
On December 5, a Chinese warship nearly collided with the USS Cowpens, a guided-missile cruiser operating lawfully in the South China Sea (SCS). This was only the most recent incident highlighting the unsustainable situation in the SCS.
In a throwback to the time of John Selden’s Mare Clausum, China has claimed sovereign rights to the entirety of the SCS within a…
President Obama’s impending trip to Asia in April is an opportunity for the U.S. to go beyond mere rhetorical commitment...…
The New York Times reports that debate over the shape of a U.S. government program to help millions of victims of...…
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At least 1,774 people have been confirmed dead after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last Friday. Estimates...…
The Asian Studies Center
Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West"
At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…
While Chinese athletes try to gobble up Olympic gold in London, half a world away Chinese strategists are trying to gobble up vast tracts of contested territory in the South China Sea.
Without strong push back, Beijing may be able to do just that.
You see, Beijing believes many of these South China Sea islands (and their adjacent waters) are “indisputable”…
On May 10,
Filipinos went to the polls and re-elected President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo, but her victory does not change the systemic
weaknesses responsible for many of the Philippines' problems.
During Arroyo's next term, security and economic issues will
continue to dominate the U.S.-Philippine relationship. Given the
recurring nature of these problems, the Bush…
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is in trouble.
The political situation in her island nation is in crisis. Her
popularity ratings have dropped into the low teens. "People power"
demonstrations break out regularly in Manila. She recently survived
an alleged coup attempt.
Arroyo appears to have given up on convincing her constituents of
With at least two ongoing wars, President-elect Barack Obama may
well be entering the Oval Office facing the toughest national
security landscape for any American president in some time.
A tour of the foreign policy horizon shows that America's 44th
president will have his hands full with a panoply of problems that
would vex any head of state, much less one who is…
In the next couple of weeks, the Obama Administration will be
engaged in high-level diplomacy with America's treaty allies and
friends in Southeast Asia.
Secretary Clinton will be in Bangkok tomorrow to meet with
Thailand's leadership, including Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
and Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. She will then go on to attend
On the eve of the annual Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN) summit this week, an old issue has resurfaced: conflicting
claims over the Spratly Islands. The issue is back in the news for
good reason; it never really went away.
According to press reports, last week the Chinese vice foreign
minister summoned the charge d' affaires from the…
In 2010, President Benigno S. (“Noynoy”) Aquino III made a pledge to voters: If elected, he would reduce long-standing and endemic corruption in the Philippines. While such reform is indeed underway, as the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom makes clear, there is still much work to be done.
The Philippines is a diverse country. Its population…
President Obama's emphasis on climate change has notable
implications for U.S.-China relations. On her inaugural trip to
Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to expand the
Sino-American Strategic Economic Dialog to include climate change
among America's chief China policy priorities.
Making climate change a high priority is a mistake. It…
major American ally is in trouble. A massive scandal involving a
Chinese telecommunications company has driven politics in the
Philippines off the rails. As the Philippines seeks to address the
scandal, the United States should help it avert what has the
potential to become a major constitutional crisis.
the intersection of…
The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) has recommended that criminal charges be filed against Filipino coast guard personnel involved in an incident that sparked a major dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan last month.
On May 9, a Taiwanese fisherman, Hung Shih-cheng, was shot and killed by Filipino authorities when his fishing boat and a…
In recent months, tensions have risen in the South China Sea as the ongoing territorial disputes between various Southeast Asian states and the People’s Republic of China have begun to boil. An April speech by Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie stating that the South Sea Fleet would be the vanguard of major new missions makes recent developments even more ominous.…
America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia
America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence.
Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…
Indications are that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes to Southeast Asia this week in a conciliatory mood. Her Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, told a Washington audience recently that the American emphasis at the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings in Cambodia this week would be “engagement and…
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake...…
According to press reports, the U.S. and the Philippines have floated the possibility of building joint storage...…
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Amidst all the regional concerns about North Korea, the Senkaku dispute between China and Japan has continued to...…
The armed forces of the United States and the Philippines conducted the 29th annual Balikatan joint military exercises...…
French President Francois Hollande told reporters yesterday that Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group based in...…
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