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Interview: U.S. 'Emboldens' Philippines In South China Sea Dispute With China

The guided-missile destroyers USS Sampson and USS Pinkney operate in the South China Sea in 2010. (U.S. Navy/David Mercil)

In an interview with a Global Post reporter Asia Society Senior Program Officer Andrew Billo says the U.S.'s military involvement in the South China Sea has increased tension in the region.

Photos: The 10 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Asia

This set of ruins in Taxila, Pakistan has been named one of Global Heritage Fund's 10 most endangered heritage sites in Asia. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

In pictures: Global Heritage Fund's 10 most endangered locations in Asia, under threat due to factors ranging from war to overdevelopment.

Photo of the Day: 'Remixed' Transportation in the Philippines


A Tricycle and jeepney in Nagcarlan, Philippines on March 24, 2012. (jojo nicdao /Flickr)

Photo of the Day: Valentine's Day Kiss-Off in Thailand


Thai couples kiss during a competition for the 'World's Longest Continuous Kiss.' (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul /AFP/Getty Images)

Interview: James Whitlow Delano on Palm Oil and Deforestation in Malaysia [Photos]

Several generations of a Batek Negrito family shelter from the rain on a logging road, which divides oil palm plantations from the Taman Negara National Park. (James Whitlow Delano)

Photographer James Whitlow Delano has been documenting the destruction of the most diverse ecosystem on the planet for the past 17 years. He spoke to Asia Blog about the human cost of palm oil in Malaysian Borneo.

Obama's State of the Union: Much More Than Trying to 'Contain China'

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

The reality is much broader and deeper, writes Suzanne DiMaggio, who says Obama's Asia "pivot" signals his recognition of an unprecedented shift of economic, political and strategic power to Asia.

Photo of the Day: Filipino Fiesta


Nearly 400 performers and 12,000 spectators celebrated the Santo Niño (Child Christ) at the Sinulog Grand Parade, a week-long cultural festival, in Cebu, Philippines on January 15, 2012. (Jun Pinili /Flickr)

Aung San Suu Kyi Tops Asia Blog's Person of the Year 2011 Poll


Aung San Suu Kyi, Japanese rescue crews and Ai Weiwei at the top of Asia Blog's Person of the Year 2011 poll.

Obama's Military Commitment in East Asia Fraught With Risk

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (C) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks on the Defense Strategic Review at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Also pictured is Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L). President Obama vowed Thursday that the U.S. military would maintain its

The U.S. now needs to manage its Asian alliances carefully, so as not to provoke China in particularly volatile areas like the South China Sea, writes Andrew Billo.

2011: The Year of the Southeast Asia Mini-Crisis

 The site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam in Laos on July 22, 2011. The dam was at the middle of one of several

2011 in Southeast Asia saw a number of micro-disputes that haven’t yet escalated into full-fledged conflict. Much of the current disagreement is based upon historical rivalries and domestic political insecurities, while weak governance in the region continues to be a source of worry.