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Asia pivot absent from Obama foreign policy speech

In this May 22, 2010, file photo, addressing the graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, President Barack Obama outlined a foreign policy vision using diplomacy and a strong military together, in West Point, N.Y. Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close. The president will make the case for that seemingly more limited approach during a commencement address Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  AP

President Barack Obama laid out a sweeping vision for US foreign policy but made no mention of what has been a signature tune of his administration’s diplomacy: the “pivot” to Asia.

Posted: May 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH-US ‘war games’ over

US and Philippine marines storm the beach to simulate a raid during the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed Balikatan 2014 Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Naval Training Exercise Command, a former US naval base. AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and its allies will help each other in upholding peace, territorial integrity and sovereignty as the Asia Pacific faces new security challenges in the 21st century “that no nation’s armed forces can face alone.”

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japanese parliamentarians laud PH’s latest defense pact with US

Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Sharing the Philippines’ concern for stability in the Asia-Pacific, visiting Japanese parliamentarians have expressed support for the country’s arbitration bid against China over disputes in the South China Sea and Manila’s newest defense agreement with Washington D.C.

Posted: May 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 Filipinas among ‘25 most influential in Asia-Pacific’s asset management’

Screen grab from asianinvestor.net website

Two Filipino women are among the 25 “most influential” women in Asia-Pacific’s asset management scene, based on a list drawn up by financial publication AsianInvestor Magazine.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘Livable cities’ forum opens

Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the presidential assistant for recovery and rehabilitation, is one of the speakers at the ongoing 2nd Annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative Forum. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

As some of the best minds in planning “resilient” and “livable” cities convene in Manila this week for an international forum on urban challenges, a design and urban planning competition will be launched to get city planners across the Philippines to better plan for climate change and natural disasters.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »