Political Security

Title:

 US: We’ll use only PH bases under Edca

Author:

Niña P. Calleja

Source:

Inquirer.Net

Date:

February 15, 2016

Description:

The United States has no plans of building American military bases in the Philippines even with the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between the two countries, according to the commander of US forces in the Pacific

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Philippines-US Relations, US-ASEAN relations, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement , US-ASEAN Summit

Title:

 Philippines gains allies in arbitration case vs China – DFA chief

Author:

Pia Lee-Brago

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

February 13, 2016

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - We are no longer alone. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario admitted yesterday that he initially felt the country was alone in the arbitration case it initiated against China and in seeking a lasting, legal and durable solution to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, West Philippine Sea, Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Here lies the future of the Philippines

Author:

BusinessMirror Editorial

Source:

BusinessMirror Editorial

Date:

February 9, 2016

Description:

The year 2015 brought into focus the need for the Philippines to come to terms with its position on the global geopolitical stage. It is reasonable to say that at no time since the darkest times of the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union is the world more polarized than it is today.

Tags: China, Philippines, Asia Pacific Pivot, Southeast Asia

Title:

 China stepping up Spratlys landgrab–Pentagon report

Author:

Amando Doronila

Source:

Inquirer.Net

Date:

February 5, 2016

Description:

CANBERRA—A new Pentagon report saying that China’s reclamation activities and construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea increased dramatically during the past few months has aroused widespread fears that the landgrab would derail diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving rival claims through United Nations arbitration.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, US-China Relations

Title:

 Stirring up the South China Sea (IV): Oil in Troubled Waters

Author:

International Crisis Group

Source:

International Crisis Group

Date:

January 26, 2016

Description:

The South China Sea’s hydrocarbon resources are hotly contested though its reserves are unproven. While their potential economic benefit may be consider- able, their foremost significance is political, as their division has implications for sovereignty and fundamental law of the sea principles. Exploration frictions have deepened geopolitical fault lines. Competition once framed by verbal warnings and diplomatic pressure today frequently takes the form of physical confrontation. A key factor is China’s growing capability and accompanying desire to expand its own exploration while preventing other claimants’ activity. In parallel, Beijing has advo- cated setting aside disputes and developing resources jointly, but as collaboration remains elusive, analysts in China have called for unilateral measures to pressure uncooperative parties. Better would be greater efforts to create mechanisms for pre- venting competition from becoming conflict, while seeking better understanding of motivations needed for eventual cooperation.

Tags: South China Sea, Economic, Geopolitics, Oil and gas

Title:

 Future Of Bitter South China Sea Sovereignty Dispute Rests On The Philippines

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

February 3, 2016

Description:

The Philippines used to be just one of six governments competing for claims to the South China Sea, a tropical ocean that’s hot because of its resources. That country lags its rivals, especially China, in military might and scope of claim to the ocean that covers 3.5 million square kilometers.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 US vows to help PH versus China

Author:

Vito Barcelo

Source:

The Standard

Date:

January 31, 2016

Description:

WHILE the Philippines’ dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea is not covered by the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, the US will abide by its treaty with the Philippines if it turns into a shooting war, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg said Saturday.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Military Cooperation, Philippines-US Relations, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Title:

 Why the New US-Philippine Defense Pact Could Be a Double-Edged Sword

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

January 27, 2016

Description:

An already growing security alliance between the Philippines and the United States received a huge boost when the Philippine Supreme Court cleared a legal obstacle to the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Philippines-US Relations, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Title:

 Will America Go to War for the Philippines?

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

NationalInterest.org

Date:

January 27, 2016

Description:

Mao Zedong, the Great Helmsmen, once famously said: “Where the enemy advances, we retreat. Where the enemy retreats, we pursue.” In places like the Middle East, where the United States is perceived to be engaged in a gradual strategic retreat, China is on the offensive.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Military Relations, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Are we safer with EDCA?

Author:

Rita Linda V. Jimeno

Source:

The Standard

Date:

January 25, 2016

Description:

If only we had a crystal ball. But, because we don’t, we will have to wait a few or several years down the road to know the impact of the decision by the Supreme Court declaring the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, better known as Edca, as valid and constitutional. Will it make us safer and more secure?

Tags: Military Cooperation, Philippines-US Relations, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Title:

 DND forges P2.68-B deal for air surveillance radars

Author:

Alexis Romero

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

January 25, 2016

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of National Defense (DND) and an Israeli firm are close to forging a deal for the supply of three air surveillance radars worth P2.68 billion to boost the Philippines’ territorial defense capabilities.”

Tags: Military Modernization