A New Twist in the Souht China Sea Showdown


Malcolm Cook




April 15, 2015


Elections are rarely decided by foreign policy issues, but election results can decide foreign policy issues. The 2016 Philippines presidential election looks like it could lead to a sharp change in Manila's approach to its maritime boundary disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea. The US, Indonesia and Vietnam are taking firmer and more active positions on the South China Sea disputes involving China in the face of Beijing's aggressive reclamation activities targeting Philippine claims. President Aquino has won international support for the Philippines' firm stance.