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Strategic Triangle: Scarborough Shoal, Spratlys, and Paracel islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The biggest — and hottest — topic in geopolitical circles today is World War III, or to be more precise… where will World War III start? But if you ask Pope Francis, he’d probably say what he said several months ago: World War III has already begun, at least in a “piecemeal fashion.” “Piecemeal fashion” is a reference to several crises Read More …

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By Jason Gutierrez Agence France-Presse MANILA – Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises on Monday after US President Barack Obama vowed “ironclad” backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China. Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the 10-day drills were necessary to deal with the challenge of “aggressive” neighbors intent on “changing the status quo”. Read More …

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By Jess Diaz The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The United States slammed yesterday “unilateral actions” in disputed territories as regional tension remained high over China’s declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) above islands also claimed by Japan. David Carden, US ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, reiterated that the United States does not take sides in maritime territorial disputes in Read More …

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Written by Zaff Solmerin Business Mirror LT. Gen. Terry Robling, commander of the United States Marine Forces Pacific, said the strong military partnership between the US and the Philippines has been a big factor in holding the escalation of territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) against China. “I believe it is. I think you have sovereign government that has to deal with the Read More …

US Marines and their Philippine counterparts are shown with a mock captured suspect at the end of their 12-day Balikatan exercises in Cavite yesterday. AP

By Aurea Calica The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured the people yesterday that the provisions of the Constitution would be followed if the United States were to be allowed to station forces at military bases in the Philippines if war breaks out on the Korean peninsula. “That has to be studied in line with the constitutional provision prohibiting foreign bases. Again, these are Read More …

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By Christina Mendez The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Joker Arroyo yesterday called on President Aquino to launch a “diplomatic offensive” in the region by tapping the support of the United States and its allies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the latest conflict with China. Arroyo said he wants a collective stand against the apparent intrusion of China into Philippine Read More …