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09 Oct The Abu Sayyaf group – ISIS terrorists or bandits?

At the end of September, the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines announced they were holding a German man and woman hostage. The group also threatened to kill one of their captives by October 17 unless their demands were met - including Germany’s withdrawal from...

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xi-asean

01 Sep Getting too close to China isn’t smart, says Tay

COUNTRIES IN Asean, including Thailand, should not seek to choose between the majors powers or to be neutral, but should be close to both the United States and China, a Singaporean academic said yesterday. "I don't think it's in Thailand's interests to be too close to...

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southchinasea

24 Apr What’s to Come: Cooperation, or Militarisation?

The Philippines, having taken China to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in an attempt to resolve the South China Sea dispute, has put the global spotlight on an issue that has been churning the seas for many years. While China has refused to be subject to...

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03 Apr Philippines: One-up Against China?

The decision of the Philippines to lodge a case on disputed waters in the South China Sea with an international tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has been met with strong criticism from China. The Chinese foreign ministry insisted...

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16 Jan China’s new fishing law: An ADIZ flashback?

China’s new fishing regulations over a disputed swathe of the South China Sea took effect on 1 January, and were promptly criticised by the Philippines and Vietnam. The South-East Asian claimant states demanded that Beijing clarify the new law, which states that all foreign vessels...

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haiyan

19 Dec Counting the political costs after Haiyan

More than a month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, human casualties are still being counted and 3.88 million people are without permanent homes. Government efforts, earlier criticised for being too slow, are underway and multinational assistance has been ramped up. The economic and political consequences...

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obama-whitehouse

04 Oct An unfortunate twist in the US pivot

American President Barack Obama was due to tour Asia next week to attend two key multilateral summits and visit two other countries — Malaysia and the Philippines. The White House initially described this as an “on-going commitment”, building on the American pivot to emphasise ties...

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asean-flags-stock

12 Jul ASEAN must turn a breathing space into a legacy

The Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) draws both admirers and detractors — and the recent ministerial meeting hosted by Brunei provided ample evidence for each point of view. While there were signs of positive movement, thorny obstacles lie on the path ahead. This is especially...

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