MARITIME POLICIES

2022-05-11 | BY Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
The second Marcos administration is expected to inject much policy continuity in dealing with the South China Sea. Bongbong can leverage his father’s role in laying the cornerstone of the 47-year-old official ties and Duterte’s friendly policy in the last six years to set ties on a good footing. Such goodwill can serve as a robust ballast to allow the two countries to insulate broader ties from the turbulence brought by the longstanding row.
2022-02-22 | BY Mark J. Valencia
The Biden Administration’s long awaited Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) has finally been released. It is being widely panned by both liberal and conservative critics. One says “any Indo-Pacific Strategy that does not directly identify the China threat and offers a comprehensive strategy for addressing it is no Indo-Pacific Strategy at all”. While this seems extreme, it is indicative of how far the administration would need to go to satisfy some of its critics.
2021-10-29 | BY Dan Steinbock
As the Duterte era is gradually ending, new arms races and nuclear proliferation cast a dark shadow over Southeast Asia. The Philippines may be sleepwalking into military-nuclear entanglements.
2021-10-15 | BY Mark J. Valencia
Another American foreign policy failure may be in the offing—this time regarding America’s involvement in the South China Sea situation.
2021-09-21 | BY James Bosbotinis
It is likely that Australia’s decision to acquire SSNs will further stimulate investment in the region in advanced submarine and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
2021-08-22 | BY Mark J. Valencia
Today, crossing the Rubicon means metaphorically to pass a point of no return. Some say that US-China relations have crossed the Rubicon and that they will now inexorably spiral downward eventually resulting in kinetic conflict.
2021-07-30 | BY Rommel Banlaoi
By being an ambiguous ally, it allows the Philippines to arguably pursue a more independent foreign policy.
2021-04-01 | BY Hu Bo, Li Shuhao
US military’s frequent close-in reconnaissance is always one of the three major obstacles to the Sino-US military relations, and has been more and more serious and risky, in the past two decades.
2021-02-05 | BY James Bosbotinis
The United States is engaged in efforts to reshape its military and wider national posture in response to the evolving strategic environment, characterised particularly by the resurgence of great power rivalry.
2020-12-24 | BY Yan Yan
The USCG may stir up the waters in the South China Sea through new means in the name of fisheries enforcement cooperation, to challenge China’s South china Sea claim, and to hedge China’s maritime activities. This will be an important option in the toolkit of the South China Sea policy of future U.S. administrations.