Commentary | 25 January 2011

Between the clawing eagle and the ascendant dragon: the demise of the Philippines' policy of hedging

In the Lowy Institute's latest Strategic Snapshot, Professor Renato Cruz De Castro, of De La Salle University, Manila, explores the triangular strategic dynamic between the United States, China and the Philippines. While Manila has, like other countries in Asia, successfully navigated this arrangement with a two-way hedging strategy, according to Professor De Castro, China's growing assertiveness, Washington's efforts to balance Beijing's increasing political clout, and Manila's slow drift to a closer security relationship with Washington are all gradually undermining the circumstances in which Manila has been able to maintain this delicate balance.Renato Cruz de Castro

  • Renato Cruz de Castro

In the Lowy Institute's latest Strategic Snapshot, Professor Renato Cruz De Castro, of De La Salle University, Manila, explores the triangular strategic dynamic between the United States, China and the Philippines. While Manila has, like other countries in Asia, successfully navigated this arrangement with a two-way hedging strategy, according to Professor De Castro, China's growing assertiveness, Washington's efforts to balance Beijing's increasing political clout, and Manila's slow drift to a closer security relationship with Washington are all gradually undermining the circumstances in which Manila has been able to maintain this delicate balance.Renato Cruz de Castro

  • Renato Cruz de Castro