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Balancing the Powers of Asia by Mr. Ricardo Saludo

Balancing the Powers of Asia by Mr. Ricardo Saludo

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CONTENTS NATION WORLD BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY HEALTH/LIFESTYLE
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To Hedge or Not to Hedge
As tensions rise, America and China woo Asia 
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supply chains. And not a word about frictions between countries.
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from the summiteers. As reported by Agence FrancePresse
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diplomatic involvement” — a widely perceived referenceto territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.She had much the same message in her meetings withforeign ministers of the Association of Southeast AsianNations
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 with Chinese Foreign Minister
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collaboratively together to resolve disputes without
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of State
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. Shealso urged Asean to forge a binding code of conductto prevent incidents and reduce tensions among rivalclaimants in the South China Sea.
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Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan welcomes U.S. Secretaryof State Hillary Clinton at Asean Secretariat
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STRATEGY POINTS
As Apec declares unity as key to prosperity andleadership, America warns that territorial disputescan hamper growth and spark warAfter a decade of Asean-style hedging amongbig powers, the Philippines embraces the U.S.and takes on China. Should Asean changecourse, too?
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the enemy?
BY RICARDO SALUDO
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September 17-30, 2012
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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang downplayed regional
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In his
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of a code of conduct.” He also added that “freedom andsafety of navigation in the South China Sea is assured.”
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 will there ever be issues in that area in the future.” In
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messages America and China are propagating in their
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those in Asean.
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media have accused the U.S. of “using the disputes ...
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Chinese Leadership and Elite Responses to the
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contend that Washington “is using Manila to strengthenits control over the region and to contain China.”
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 Armed Forces International cited those tensions as
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from Manila to southern China. A U.S. Navy vessel will also be repaired in the former
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territorial confrontations to escalate its military 
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 was not intimidated enough in confrontations over aPhilippine-authorized research ship in the Spratlys and
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according to Agence France Presse.In the same month camenews in Chinese mediaabout the deployment of a ballistic missile brigade inGuangdong Province (
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entire Philippines and northern islands of Indonesia.If that was supposed to dissuade countries challenging
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Vietnamese President Truong Tan Seng meets Chinese leader Hu Jintao at APEC: Isolating the Philippines?
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