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US Pivot

China Tests American Resolve: More Trouble in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Over all, Obama's recent trip to Asia added much-needed momentum to the pivot policy; but recent developments suggest that China is willing to push the envelope in the South China Sea.

The Philippine-U.S. New Security Pact: Good Bargain, or a Lopsided Deal?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

Filipino officials have emphatically announced a new era in Philippine-U.S. bilateral alliance. Critics, however, believe the administration has offered Americans precious access to Philippine bases in exchange for marginal tactical advantages.

South China Sea Disputes Enter a Dangerous Phase: The U.S. Pivot Gathers Steam

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

Aquino may have risked a permanent estrangement with the Chinese leadership over his fiery rhetoric. But it is hoping that rising international concerns over the South China Sea disputes will translate into greater external support against China.

Why Is China Feared? Resurgence, Pride and Uncertainty

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China's recent assertiveness abroad should perhaps be seen through the prism of how a new Chinese leadership is willing to sacrifice foreign relations in a calculated manner to create enough domestic legitimacy for undertaking an ambitious economic reform agenda at home.

Has Obama Abandoned Asia? A Philippine Perspective

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

As the U.S. battles its second government shutdown in recent decades, reviving the ugly memories of the 1995-96 Clinton-Gingrich impasse over fiscal issues, many in Asia are raising more fundamental questions regarding the country's status and claim to global leadership.

How Manila Stands Up to the Goliath

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The situation is really difficult, but don't expect the Philippines -- defined by an undying sense of resilience -- to just roll over anytime soon. It even managed to rename the South China Sea to West Philippine Sea, despite Beijing's repeated condemnations.