Ambassador Jaime Bautista

31ST ASEAN SUMMIT

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THE Duterte administration has pursued a foreign policy strategy that has had the beneficial effects of reducing the tension in the South China Sea, restoring good relations between the Philippines and China, and gaining respect for the Philippines’ geopolitical strategic importance in the region. With the Philippines’ chairmanship of Asean…

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First of 2 parts THE crisis in Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia posed the question whether the Catalans’ “democratic opposition” to Spain’s Constitution of 1978 could prevail. The Spanish Constitution was a work of reconciliation by all the political parties of Spain (including the Communist Party of Spain), after the…

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FOREIGN Secretary Perfecto Yasay recently revealed that the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China through a third person note verbale, upon verification of the report by the Washington-based CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative that China appears to have built anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in…

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Remember that scene in the spoof of “Airplane” where the Afro-Americans’ talking was given English subtitles? I am sometimes reminded of it when I see or read officials explaining President Duterte’s recent pronouncements on Philippines-United States relations. The scene is funny because it touches on a truth about English as…

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Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua recently disclosed that China has four secrets, which have made it possible for China to rise and become a global economic power: (1) good leaders; (2) good policies consistently followed over a long-term period; (3) a hard working population; and (4) a peaceful and secure environment.…

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The Arbitration Tribunal of the Law of the Sea resolved bilateral issues between the Philippines and China, especially confirming that the Philippines has sovereign rights over a 200-mile EEZ and Continental Shelf in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.…

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Now the country needs quiet negotiations in invoking rule of law THE Philippines won in almost all its submissions against China in the South China Sea award by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNLOS) Arbitration Tribunal, including the main issues that compelled the Philippines to urgently…

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ON June 12, both the Philippines and Russia will celebrate their national day. My first exposure to Russians was in Peking when then-Minister Rodolfo Severino, Jr. invited me to accompany him to get to know some Russian diplomats at cocktails in the latter’s apartment. This was in 1976 during the…

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