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October 07, 2015, Wednesday
  • A Filipino & 4 foreign crew members were on board the yatch ‘Europa’ when it went missing during the height of storm ‘Kabayan.’ 5 hours ago |
  • PCG suspects the missing yatch ‘Europa’ heading to Vigan last week may have sunk in the South China Sea. 5 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says his mother has always wanted him to be president since he was 3 years old. 5 hours ago |
  • Fmr. First Lady Imelda Marcos is dismayed that Sen. Marcos is eyeing the vice presidency. 5 hours ago |
  • DOJ forms a panel to investigate the INC leaders who had allegedly detained Ex-Min. Isaias Samson & his family. 5 hours ago |
  • GPH Peace Panel Head Miriam Coronel-Ferrer hopes Congress can tackle BBL before the APEC meeting in Nov. 5 hours ago |
  • MILF Chief Peace Negotiator Mohagher Iqbal urges Pres. Aquino to certify as urgent the measure on proposed BBL. 5 hours ago |
  • Duterte will reportedly announce on Saturday his decision on whether or not he will run for president. 5 hours ago |
  • Vice President Jejomar Binay to announce his running mate on Friday. 5 hours ago |
  • MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino resigns from his post. 6 hours ago |
  • Former Senator Joker Arroyo passes away at 88 in the United States. 11 hours ago |
  • Senate session hall can’t be used for Binay-related probe as it is being used for budget hearings. 11 hours ago |
  • 25th Senate hearing on allegations vs. Binay won’t push through on Thurs. allegedly due to lack of venue. 11 hours ago |
  • Gabriela party-list files a resolution seeking a House probe on alleged use of women as sex objects at LP event in Laguna. 11 hours ago |
  • Fatalities due to tropical storm ‘Kabayan’ rises to 4. 11 hours ago |
  • Postponement of Ex-Chief Justice Corona’s case at Court of Tax Appeals’ 2nd division is due to the TRO issued by CTA en banc. 12 hours ago |
  • Fmr. Chief Justice Renato Corona’s arraignment at Court of Tax Appeals postponed anew & reset to Dec. 9, 2015. 12 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says a vice president should be able to work with any president even if they have conflicting views. 12 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says he will announce his candidate for president on Saturday. 12 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao considers running as an independent senatorial candidate. 12 hours ago |
  • Over 250 dengue cases reported in Albay since January this year. 12 hours ago |
  • 10 of 14 victims in collision of 2 vans along Macapagal Blvd. taken to San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City. 12 hours ago |
  • 14 injured in a collision between an armored van & a ‘colorum’ Urvan van along Macapagal Blvd. in Paranaque City. 13 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to retire from boxing if he will win as senator. 13 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says sorry to LP, Roxas, Rep. Agarao, women’s groups & his own mother who was offended by the lewd dance number. 13 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says as the highest official present during the LP event, he failed to stop the indecent performance of the girl group on stage. 13 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks for understanding & apologizes to everyone he offended when he failed to stop the girl group’s lewd dance in Laguna. 13 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks LP to remove him from its senatorial line-up. 13 hours ago |
  • Violation of Magna Carta of Women & Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards filed vs. Tolentino at Ombudsman. 13 hours ago |
  • Labor groups sue MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino over a girl group’s lewd dance at LP event. 14 hours ago |

Obama pushes sea treaty to check China aggression

By MST News, | May. 30, 2014 at 12:01am

WEST POINT—President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that the United States was ready to respond to China’s “aggression” toward its neighbors at sea but said Washington should lead by example by ratifying a key treaty.

At the same time, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also will also use a speech at an Asian defense forum this weekend to offer Japan as a counterweight to the growing might of China in a region increasingly riven by territorial disputes.


In a wide-ranging speech on foreign policy to US military cadets at West Point, Obama said that the United States should shun isolationism and that its military must be prepared for crises.

“Regional aggression that goes unchecked -- whether it’s southern Ukraine, or the South China Sea, or anywhere else in the world -- will ultimately impact our allies, and could draw in our military,” Obama said.

But Obama emphasized caution on any decision to use force and said: “American influence is always stronger when we lead by example.”

“We can’t try to resolve the problems in the South China Sea when we have refused to make sure that the Law of the Sea Convention is ratified by the United States -- despite the fact that our top military leaders say that the treaty advances our national security,” Obama said, not naming China directly as he diverted from his prepared text.

“That’s not leadership; that’s retreat. That’s not strength; that’s weakness,” Obama said.

Senators of the rival Republican Party have refused to ratify the treaty, saying that the UN convention would override US sovereignty.

Tensions have been rising for months between China and its neighbors at sea, with Vietnam on Tuesday accusing Beijing of ramming and sinking one of its fishing boats in the South China Sea.

Japan and the Philippines also have tense disputes at sea with China. Japanese commentators have voiced concern that the US failure to prevent Russia from annexing Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March sent the wrong signal to China.

In another reference to policy toward Asia, Obama again cited the democratic reforms in Myanmar as a success story.

The administration upon entering office in 2009 opened a dialogue with the then military-ruled nation earlier known as Burma, whose relations have improved with the United States have improved dramatically.

“Progress there could be reversed. But if Burma succeeds, we will have gained a new partner without having fired a shot,” Obama said.

Myanmar has freed political prisoners, eased censorship and welcomed foreign investors, but human rights groups have voiced alarm over violence against the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority.

In Tokyo, Abe will tell the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue that Tokyo and its partner the United States stand ready to jointly bolster security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported.



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