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PerryScope By Perry Diaz According to Chinese mythology, dragons are legendary creatures that symbolize power and strength. Today, the Chinese Dragon is China’s national symbol just like the eagle is to the U.S. and the bear to Russia. In 1949 Mao Zedong’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drove the Kuomintang government out of Mainland China in a bloody civil war and established the People’s Republic of Read More …

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua presents President-elect Rodrigo Duterte copy of the book on Chinese President Xi Jinping.  (Office of the City Mayor Davao City via AP)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Like all relationships and marriages, both parties will try to work, or live, harmoniously and reconcile their differences, if any. This is called the “honeymoon” period and it could last for a long time or it can be abbreviated depending on how they relate to each other. It may sound simplistic, but they hope that by the time the honeymoon is Read More …

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 …

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

Fiery Cross Reef reclamation

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the hoopla following the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States on April 28, 2014 in Manila, one would expect American military forces to be deployed to at least eight strategic locations to protect the Philippines from external forces intruding into her territory. But 16 months have passed and not a Read More …

China-vs-US

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas Read More …

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Photo: TORU YAMANAKA, AFP/Getty Images)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz “I’ve worked to rebalance American foreign policy to ensure that we’re playing a larger and lasting role in the Asia Pacific.” With those words, U.S. President Barack Obama — in a Joint Press Conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — said in no uncertain terms that America would remain a Pacific power in the 21st century. And as the Read More …

Philippine-and-US-flags.3

PerryScope By Perry Diaz No sooner had the Philippines gained her independence from the United States on July 4, 1946 than the Philippine Statehood Movement started. Although it never reached the numbers to force a referendum, the movement was kept alive by statehood advocates who firmly believe that the future of the archipelago can best be guaranteed by maintaining political, economic, defense, and financial ties Read More …

Artificial island under construction by China on Mabini (Johnson South) Reef in the Kalayaan islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The recent brouhaha over the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a Filipino transgender, allegedly by an American marine in a motel in Olangapo has once again brought to the fore the issue of “sovereignty.” Indeed, it’s so convenient to use “sovereignty” for whatever nebulous issues people are complaining about. It did not then come as a surprise that when the news Read More …

VFA

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (“I hope, Sir, he sleeps with them like a prostitute, not a slut. At least prostitutes get paid, but not sluts.”) A DFA member of the Philippine panel that negotiated the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US reportedly said that “we can now sleep soundly because of EDCA”. When I was told this, I said “that fellow must Read More …