It might be the world's largest free trade area, writes columnist Walden Bello, but Southeast Asia is still getting a raw trade deal from China.
The worsening human rights situation in the Philippines requires the United States to rethink its political and economic relations with the country.
As financial crisis looms, the Philippines look to overseas Filipinos to keep the country together.
There is a growing number of campaigns that seek the withdrawal of U.S. foreign military bases. And they may just succeed.
Although the United States closed its bases in the Philippines in 1991, it has nevertheless managed to deepen its military presence and intervention in the islands.
Hint: it's probably not Aung San Suu Kyi.
In their countrys tradition of creative dissent, Filipino artists have taken up the struggle against extrajudicial killings.
Beijing is wooing Southeast Asia. Washington can either try to break up the relationship, writes Evelyn Goh, or work out a more peaceable ménage a trois.