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Every year for the last eight decades, we commemorate 9th April as Batan Batan or Heroism Day.

But more than the bloodshed and the horrors of World War II, the recognition of heroism during the war will enlighten us on the need to promote a rule-based international and regional security system. Above all, the basic principle of coexistence and political detention can ensure our security.

The Western Philippine Sea (WPS) issue, for example, highlights the overriding issue of maritime security, which is constantly being challenged and disturbed by China’s ever-expanding expansionist agenda.

In the midst of the epidemic, the coastal states of the WPS found themselves in a more precarious situation.

Another great lesson World War II has taught us is the importance of alliance benefits.

April 9M It also speaks of the historical political and military alliance between the Philippines and the United States (United States).

In response to the WPS situation, about 9,000 participants from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the U.S. military have conducted training exercises from the northern coast of Luzon to Palawan. In addition to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, Balikatan 2022 operations focused specifically on maritime security, amphibious operations, live-fire training and aviation, which were urgently needed by AFP forces. The initiative was successfully completed on 8 April.

Another combination with April 9thM The public exchange, organized by Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute in partnership with Bower Group Asia (BGA), was a memento. The virtual event explored the theme “The Future of U.S. Promises in Southeast Asia: Outlook Under Biden and Beyond” and launched the book. Elusive Balance: US-Southeast Asia Strategy Formation Dr. Prashant Parameshwaran, Deputy Head of Research at BGA, Fellow of the Wilson Center and Senior Columnist Diplomat.

Ernest Bauer IV, President and CEO of BauerGroup Asia, in his introductory remarks highlighted the challenge of US Indo-Pacific translationStayc Strategy and Indo-PacificStayC. The economic structure is firmly committed to meeting the needs of ASEAN countries.

The challenge is set to unfold in a more complex way, given the current global commitment of the United States and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, he said.

These comments have been made in the light of Indo-PachiStayc strategy, which was recently published by the Biden administration. It is a continuation of the Trump administration’s policy initiatives that call into question the depth of the United States’ commitment to the region while balancing its other commitments and pressing on the current global political-security issue.

In the preview of his book, Dr. Parameshwaran elaborates on his concept of “elusive balance”. He mentioned the following factors to consider when formulating a U.S. strategy for Southeast Asia – the current state of power in the world and the distribution of power, the presence of like-minded and unequal states, public opinion and what it can do. Examine the opportunities lost in Southeast Asian countries’ attitudes and sudden changes in foreign policy direction, considering the threat posed by the President’s power, US-China symmetry and asymmetric competition, and coexistence and resource constraints.

For his part, James Carroso (Australia Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Adviser, BGA) said there should be more cooperation between the United States and the Philippines on the South China Sea issue.

Interestingly, Mr. Caruso rightly pointed to the existence of a rule-based global system after World War II. It’s an order where “rules are important and everyone should abide by the rules, and small countries can feel somewhat reassured that these actors will not be out of the norm,” he said.

In rebuilding the forum, I said that in the face of China’s growing military might, the growing interconnection of countries and societies, and the expansion of multilateral cooperation, it is essential for the Philippines to develop a more responsive and strategic foreign policy that will contribute effectively. Ongoing efforts to jointly manage global and regional issues affecting the country.

The new president, elected on May 9, should keep in mind the country’s strategic national interests with a growing global alliance leading to a free and open Indo-Pacific.StayC.

And with specialStayc In the context of China, I have suggested that the Philippines should use its extensive network to protect the independence of the sea and neutralize the aggressive behavior of the Chinese naval militia.

Multilateral cooperation at the global and regional levels will be important in building and strengthening alliances to stem the tide of conflict and move forward with a rule-based international system.

Filipinos will elect a new president next month. We need a leader who contributes to global and regional security – not one who endangers the country’s national interests and whose erratic and bizarre activities need to be undone.

Victor Andres “Dindo” c. Manhit is the President of Stratbase ADR Institute

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