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PH hits latest North Korea ballistic missile test

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls on North Korea to stop 'such provocative and highly dangerous actions'

MISSILE TEST. Pyongyang residents react at the Pyongyang Railway Station after the news of the successful launch of the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-15 in Pyongyang on November 29, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

A closer look at human rights in the Korean Peninsula

Jun 20, 2017 - 5:44 PM

It s time for human rights groups to encourage the government of South Korea to examine its repressive laws

5 ways Duterte can defend Scarborough without going to war

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s statements are feared to encourage China to build on Scarborough

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Rappler Talk: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on diplomacy in a changing world

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Foreign Minister Bishop also talks about technology women empowerment and the rise of strongmen

Excitement over troubled waters

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:09 PM

There is no reason for the hair tearing and the insane frenzy that followed the sighting of Chinese vessels in the vicinity of Benham Rise

Duterte in Japan, citizens’ hotline, Vatican on cremation | 6PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Pro-ISIS groups in PH, gender equality, Apple sales | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Watch the noontime edition of Rappler s newscast with Zak Yuson

4 PH terror groups link up with pro-ISIS fighters in region

Oct 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

A Jakarta based think tank warns of cross border extremist operations citing the Davao City bombing in September as proof of these linkages in Southeast Asia

EVIDENCE OF LINKAGES. Jakarta-based think tank IPAC says the bombing of a night market in Davao City is evidence of linkages between Mindanao extremist groups with foreign jihadists. Rappler file photo

Duterte’s China card

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Does he know what game he’s playing?

Rappler Talk: Malcolm Cook on Duterte's int'l debut

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:28 PM

Rappler talks to security analyst Malcolm Cook about President Duterte s international debut

Taiwan: Include us in dialogues on South China Sea

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

From a historian scholar’s perspective the South China Sea is not only Asia’s Cauldron as Robert D Kaplan described but also a complex and dangerous powder keg of the Asia Pacific region

 A handout picture made available by the Office of the President of Taiwan shows Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (C) walking to board the Taiwanese Navy warship Kang Ding before it sets sail to Taiping Island in the South China Sea on July 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President of Taiwan

The danger of Duterte’s China and South China Sea approach

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:58 AM

We need to be clear about the risks and why they may matter

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua visits President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Palace on Thursday, July 7. Photo from MARO-PCOO

Here's what Indonesia plans to do after kidnappings

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:37 PM

14 Indonesians are held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf What s Indonesia s plan to save them?

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A slowing China brings growing concerns

Apr 19, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Leaders should recognize that it is a transparently enforced rule of law – not looking the other way on enforced disappearances – that will be essential for business confidence and economic growth in the long run

epa05169711 A Chinese vegetable vendor hands a customers her goods at a market in Beijing, China, 19 February 2016. Chinese producer prices continued to drop in January while consumer prices edged up, according to official figures released 18 February. The producer price index, which measures the cost of goods at wholesale level, dropped 5.3 per cent year-on-year in January for the 47th straight month of decline while consumer price index, which measures retail inflation, grew 1.8 per cent in January from one year earlier, up slightly from December's 1.6-per-cent increase, the National Bureau of Statistics said. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

A first: US defense chief to visit PH for Balikatan war games

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:03 PM

It coincides with the implementation of a new military agreement between the two countries the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

File photo of US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. EPA

Noisy US welcome as Erdogan defends hardline stance

Apr 01, 2016 - 12:33 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss US Turkey cooperation on regional security counterterrorism and migration

MEETING IN WASHINGTON. In this file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and US President Barack Obama attend a family photo at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015. File photo by Berk Ozkan/EPA

PH, US agree on EDCA implementation in Palawan, 4 other places

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:11 AM

The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US Japan and Australia

In this file photo, military troops from the Philippines and United States hold up their respective national flags during opening rites of the Philippines-US Balikatan Exercise in Quezon City on April 20, 2015. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

#AnimatED: A message China cannot ignore

Nov 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

PH security agreements with allies show support for a country that wants China to adhere to the rule of law

ISIS' global ambitions and plans for Southeast Asia

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:09 AM

This war goes beyond armies police and security forces It demands greater transparency and cooperation between communities at a global scale

Game changer: America vs China in the West Philippine Sea

Oct 28, 2015 - 9:06 AM

America s deployment of destroyers means that China’s leadership is bound to come under tremendous pressure to respond accordingly This is a battle for leadership in Asia

Philippine tourism: Held hostage again?

Sep 24, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Beyond the brand campaigns a focus on strengthened security and basic law and order will be fundamental to the sustained growth of any ASEAN member state’s tourism sector

Roxas steps down, ‘True SONA,’ regional security | 12PM wRap

Aug 03, 2015 - 12:55 PM

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West Philippine Sea and SONA: Don’t forget the real fight

Jul 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The real fight is the scramble on the ground not in the courts In his final State of the Nation Address I hope Aquino will explain how he seeks to tangibly defend our claims against China’s expansionism

China warns of 'further actions' over Ayungin ship

Jul 16, 2015 - 4:02 PM

China slams the Philippines as the real trouble maker and rule breaker and urges it to stop repairing a grounded ship in the disputed West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINES' STRONGHOLD. The dilapidated BRP Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy is seen on May 11, 2015, anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Filipino soldiers onboard to assert the Philippines' claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Ritchie Tongo/Pool/EPA

Aquino legacy: Defying China

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Part 1: Was it a mistake to involve the US in the Scarborough Shoal standoff? Rappler gets the inside story to understand how the Philippines decided to file its historic case against China

Power play in the South China Sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The world is watching It s the next step in the geopolitical calculus of power that includes the world s hot spots from Crimea Syria and the South China Sea

#AnimatED: Philippines v China

Jul 06, 2015 - 9:00 AM

This week’s hearings in the UN Arbitral Tribunal a battle for the rule of law deserve every Filipino’s attention and support

US, Japan exercises and China's anxiety

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The South China Sea has become the arena for power projection for the United States as a Pacific power and Japan as an Asian power and China as a rising global power in transition

Engaging China: Time for smart diplomacy

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:00 PM

We have to keep in mind the importance of diplomacy to not only mobilizing friends but also outsmarting our rivals We can’t easily resolve our long standing disputes but we can better manage them

#AnimatED: Manila, Tokyo elevate ties

Jun 08, 2015 - 9:50 AM

The strengthening of security relations does not come at the expense of economic and humanitarian programs

The China challenge in the West Philippine Sea

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The ultimate challenge is to mobilize enough regional support and deploy necessary military assets against further Chinese adventurism – but without triggering an open conflict

PH, US officials meet on South China Sea row

May 14, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the US pivot to Asia is not as focused and as strong as it should be

KEY MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario meets with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken during Del Rosario's two-day trip to Washington DC. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH seeks ASEAN support for S. China Sea action plan

Aug 09, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario proposes the Philippine initiative amid rising tensions in the South China Sea that may harm regional stability

Is New China the Old Japan – and is that bad for Asia?

Jul 22, 2014 - 7:30 AM

With tensions mounting it is time for all players to take a step back from the brink of even greater conflict and commit to engagement cooperation and a peaceful resolution to disputes

China hits Philippines for seeking Japan's help

Jun 26, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Having suffered two wars with Japan China is also cautious about giving the Japanese army the international role that the Philippines supports

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) attend a joint news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan on June 24, 2014. Photo by Yuya Shino/Pool/EPA

Shangri-la Dialogue: China to promote security theory

May 30, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Beijing s delegation to the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore will fully elaborate on China s security concept in Asia says a spokesman

'SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE.' A Gurkha soldier, part of a Gurkha elite contingent of the Singapore Police force, stands guard outside the Shangri-la Hotel, the venue of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 13th Asia Security Summit, in Singapore on May 30, 2014. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Territorial rows: Vietnam leader warns against use of force

Mar 18, 2014 - 7:36 PM

Countries concerned should not make the situation complex but rather exercise self restraint says Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang

REGIONAL PEACE. File photo of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Photo by EPA/Luong Thai Linh

South China Sea represents 'a new Persian Gulf'?

Apr 16, 2012 - 9:53 AM

The growing rivalry between China and the US in Asia provides a strategic context that complicates the regional situation

Chito Sta. Romana.