GIL H. A SANTOS

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THE annual Boaoforum last week in China’s Hainan island province in the South China Sea close to Vietnam unwrapped Beijing’s priority requirement to be the world’s top economic and political-military superpower: energy to fuel its economy. The forum is China’s counterpart to the yearly Davos economic summit conference of the…

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CHINA has invaded and occupied its western neighbor Tibet twice, once in the 1271-1368 rule of the Yuan dynasty to annex or “assimilate” it, and again in 1958-1959to subjugate its self-governance under the current 14th Dalai Lama. Today’s column is the outcome of my research on Tibet, an educated guess…

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IN one of China’s diplomatic offensives last year, President Xi Jinping invited some 20 world leaders to asummit meeting in Beijing to soft-sell his One Belt One Road campaign. This OBOR program is designed to link China with more than half of the world’s consumers and speed up the global…

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and other small economies, and nations must now take all precautions to avoid being shot as the innocent bystander, or at least survive with minimal damage. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced his administration was imposing additional taxes on steel and…

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Last of 2 parts In response FAO immediately sent a four-man Agricultural Extension Mission to China headed by Dr. Dioscoro Umali, Assistant Director General for Asia and the Pacific with Dr. Tito Contado, Agricultural Extension Senior Officer as the mission secretary; Peter Meyer, Agronomist and Collen Fraser, development communication chief.…

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First of 2 parts IFone listens to just a Chinese communist propagandist or official spokesman of Beijing, or a pro-China (and anti-European Union or anti-US and her democratic/open market allies) news person, one will never get the true story on how the world’s most populous (1.3 billion-plus citizens) nation succeeded…

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TWO major developments—one geopolitical, and the other economic—last week in the Asia-Pacific region tell us the world is inching towards a bright and peaceful future. Hopefully, the next half century will be tainted with closer economic cooperation and progress, particularly in this quarter of the globe. One is the welcome…

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NOT by any stretch of the imagination, based on the Philippine-wide survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations, a private Filipino polling organization. Its findings were released to the press last week. These were the results came about even though President Rodrigo Duterte expressed at the start of his administration…

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MY international relations students asked last week: Why is China so sensitive and aggressively assertive in the South China Sea claiming almost all of it as its territory including what is supposedly international waters where some $5 trillion of commercial shipping ply annually? Although I have more than 60 years…

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REPORTS last week of China’s latest move on the Philippine Rise (aka Benham Rise), which was officially recognized by the UN as part of our continental shelf in 2012, revealed Beijing’s true intentions–and direction of its foreign policy—in relation to us—and Asean. The Philippine Rise is a plateau under the…

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