Crafting a Grown-Up’s Policy with China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America This article is completely hypothetical, in the interest of promoting further discussion. China forces other nations into a parent-child relationship in which China is the parent and the child is dealt with severely if he gets out of order. The Philippines under President Duterte is very much the child, … Continue reading

The tipping of the Philippines to China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is tipping to China. I can feel it in my bones, or see it in the tea leaves, or divine it from the conjunction of the planets. The discovery of about 200 ships at Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef was a marker in the water, a statement by … Continue reading

China is peeling the Philippines like a ripe banana

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The announcement of the presence of 200 Chinese boats on Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef shocked the Philippines. The armada was like China jabbing President Duterte in the eye with a stick. All of his warmth toward China was laid bare as fraudulent, a one-way ticket. All in favor of … Continue reading

Are Magnitsky sanctions coming to the Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Answering the question is not as simple as: “There are gross human rights abuses in the Philippines. Put President Duterte on the list.” Let’s review Magnitsky sanctions and consider whether or not it is likely that Filipino human rights abusers will be added to the global list of sanctioned … Continue reading

The American Presidential Election and the Philippines

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The American presidential election may significantly affect both Philippine and US policies versus China. We often hear the criticism that President Obama failed to bring the US into Asia to counter China. We have not yet heard from Democratic candidate Biden on the subject of China. Trade, nada. Open … Continue reading