What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?
Opinion

What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?

COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world’s coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths. Just…

Why’s the US in the South China Sea?
Opinion

Why’s the US in the South China Sea?

America regards itself as the “global policeman”, hence its arrogant actions, but it was never deputized by the international community to fulfill such a role. Rather, it’s more like a dangerously delusional role player than a legitimate law enforcement officer. The Philippine National Defense Secretary warned last week that his country “will be involved whether[it]…

Does Duterte’s “Military Independence” from the U.S. Create New Opportunities for China?
Opinion

Does Duterte’s “Military Independence” from the U.S. Create New Opportunities for China?

The Philippines officially announced the ending of the National Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. The denial of the U.S. military’s presence will give China a chance to expand militarization of the South China Sea and severely weaken the U.S. positioning in Southeast Asia. The VFA, signed in 1998, established the legal status for U.S….