Zheng He

Old map of the Philippines. Illustration at top left shows Chinese traders during the pre-Hispanic era.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Since the early 15th century, before Spain took possession of an archipelago in what is now the Philippines, China had claimed the entire island of Luzon as her territory. However, China’s presence in Luzon was limited to what is now the province of Pangasinan. But now — 592 years later — recent events are raising the specter of Chinese colonization of Read More …

Nine-dash-line.2

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  It will take years to set up anti-flooding infrastructures in Manila. But only a few moments are needed to start unclogging waterways. Here and now government should: (1) Stop calling squatters “informal settlers,” which romanticizes the crime of land grabbing, the syndicates posing as civic-religious NGOs, and their abettors; (2) Be ashamed of itself for freeloading on private Read More …

Illustration: Henry Wong

Beijing’s strategists, in responding to US domination of the oceans, are taking on board the ideas of a 19th century American historian By Cary Huang South China Morning Post When American historian Alfred Thayer Mahan wrote his 1890 tome The Influence of Sea Power on History, 1660-1783, he could hardly have imagined that it would be influencing the leaders of distant China some 120 years Read More …