Manila Cleans up for APEC

In an action reminiscent of strongman Ferdinand Marco’s image-conscious rule, Philippine police have been rounding up residents of Manila’s teeming slums and hustling them out of sight ahead of the Asia Pacific... Read More...

Noynoy Aquino’s Moment in the Sun: APEC in Manila

For the first time in anyone’s memory, foreign policy and national security are poised to figure as major issues in the Philippine presidential election, scheduled for May 2016. Recent polls show Filipinos are worried about China and its aggressive stance in... Read More...
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Australia and China after the FTA

The past week has seen big breakthroughs in Asia Pacific economic diplomacy. At the APEC summit, Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe broke the diplomatic ice in the China–Japan relationship. The United States and Chin... Read More...
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China’s Infrastructure Bank: Can it Fly?

The past  weeks have been filled with headlines on China’s year-old proposal for an Asian development bank, which has caught Asia’s imagination, especially with Indonesia signing on to the idea at the recent AP... Read More...
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Oz Premier Abbott Goes Tone-Deaf at G20 Meeting

According to the fable, the spider said to the fly, “Welcome to my parlor” and then made a feast of the fly.  On Monday in Australia’s national capital, Canberra, we saw a totally different reenactment of the fable when  the fly, aka Australian Prime Minister ... Read More...