China Has Lost the Philippines Despite Duterte’s Best Efforts
Beijing’s growing aggressiveness is forcing Manila back into Washington’s camp.
Manila’s Images Are Revealing the Secrets of China’s Maritime Militia
Details of the ships haunting disputed rocks show China’s plans.
Records Expose China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef
Beijing claims they are fishing vessels. The data shows otherwise.
Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions
If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.
Duterte Will Fight Anyone but Beijing
The Philippine president is curiously willing to put China’s interests over his country’s.
How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression
A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.
Pompeo Draws a Line Against Beijing in the South China Sea
The United States has aligned itself on the side of international law, but backing up a tough statement will be hard.
The U.S. Declared China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Unlawful.’ Now What?
The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings the United States in line with international law and opens the door for sanctions and a more unified response to Chinese “bullying” in the key waterway.
After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets
A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.
U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea
“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”
Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide
As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.
The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost
In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.
Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea
Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea.
What Democracy Will Fall Next?
Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.
There’s Still Life in the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement
Duterte is trying to kill a critical deal, but his compatriots aren’t happy.
Duterte’s Response to the Coronavirus: ‘Shoot Them Dead’
The Philippines president’s order to kill quarantine violators amid coronavirus chaos tests democracy yet again in his country.
Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium
Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.