Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

| Jun 28, 2014

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

When the last U.S. ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic Naval Base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of Amerasians fathered ...

Jun 27, 2014

How to end the Philippines' Moro insurgency

by Yuriko Koike

Though questions remain about the durability of the landmark peace deal that Philippines President Benigno Aquino struck with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in January, the political autonomy granted to the country's Muslim areas seems to have persuaded most fighters that the time has ...

China sends four more oil rigs to South China Sea

Jun 20, 2014

China sends four more oil rigs to South China Sea

China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed ...

Fears over China propel Philippine naval upgrade

Jun 16, 2014

Fears over China propel Philippine naval upgrade

As fears grow that China is on an aggressive South China Sea territorial grab, a sleepy Philippine village is being transformed into a major naval base that may come to host U.S. warships. Ulugan Bay, a small, picturesque cove encircled by thick mangroves, has ...

South China Sea trade routes 'safe' despite rows

Jun 15, 2014

South China Sea trade routes 'safe' despite rows

Despite territorial standoffs between China and other nations bordering the South China Sea, analysts say governments know better than to choke off the trade shipping routes that are the lifeblood of their economies. The escalating disputes this year between China and some of its ...

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Jun 13, 2014

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Southeast Asia has overtaken the Horn of Africa as the world’s hot spot for pirate attacks after concerted international efforts to police the waters off Somalia, the U.N. said Thursday. Last year 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken ...

Jun 10, 2014

Manila charges six with murder of Japanese man

Philippine police have charged a Japanese national, his Filipino wife and four Filipino men for the murder of a Japanese travel executive in Manila in early May, a police official said Tuesday. The suspects remain at large. Hiroshi Iwasaki, 59, was shot dead at ...

Beijing pushes Manila, Hanoi closer

Jun 9, 2014

Beijing pushes Manila, Hanoi closer

China has accused Vietnam of ramming its ships more than 1,000 times in a disputed part of the South China Sea and said while it wants good relations with its southern neighbor, it would not abandon principles to achieve that. The accusation came after ...