Since taking office, President Duterte has eschewed traditional allies in favour of a pivot towards Beijing. Three years into his term, there are few tangible signs that it was a worthwhile endeavour.
South China Sea
China is trying to manipulate international dispute resolution mechanisms to sew confusion and further its economic interests in the South China Sea. Its diplomatic and military activities are pushing the region closer to the brink of conflict.
In 1967, few expected ASEAN to succeed. The bloc’s ability to put aside the differences of member states has been its greatest asset. It needs to remember this when addressing new challenges.
Political tensions in the South China Sea are creating an environmental disaster. Can claimants put aside their differences and tackle environmental threats before fishing stocks collapse?
ASEAN leaders will convene in Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN summit this week. Making progress towards an effective Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should top the agenda.
US-Chinese trade has traditional kept relations cordial between the two powers. Under Trump, this is changing.
The recent draft text for a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea only further exposes the vast divide between the parties.
The Philippines outlined its red lines. If China crosses them, it is adamant it will go to war. What will this mean for the world’s most dangerous conflict?
Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Vietnam are at an all-time high, but the unresolved issue of overlapping economic zones is turning the South China Sea into a dangerous place for Vietnamese fishermen.
One year after the Philippines won recognition of its rights to disputed waters, China still does as it wishes – untouched by international law.