Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"

Latest from Richard Heydarian

Opinion | Scepticism rises in Philippines about Chinese projects and Duterte’s support of them

Concerns are growing, especially within the military, that large-scale Chinese investment is a Trojan horse.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:21PM

Concerns are growing, especially within the military, that large-scale Chinese investment is a Trojan horse.

Scepticism rises in Philippines about Chinese projects and Duterte’s support of them
Opinion | As Indonesia stands up to China, who will follow in Southeast Asia?

Richard Heydarian writes that major Southeast Asian nations are beginning to resist China

17 Feb 2020 - 8:06PM

Richard Heydarian writes that major Southeast Asian nations are beginning to resist China

As Indonesia stands up to China, who will follow in Southeast Asia?
Opinion | Twilight of Duterte presidency might also mean last days of Philippines’ long entanglement with the US

US human rights sanctions against leader’s inner circle far outweigh affinity between the straight-talking populists in Manila and Washington.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:46PM

US human rights sanctions against leader’s inner circle far outweigh affinity between the straight-talking populists in Manila and Washington.

Twilight of Duterte presidency might also mean last days of Philippines’ long entanglement with the US
Opinion | What will Beijing do now that Malaysia has discovered the art of the deal in the South China Sea?

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad piles another problem on China with sovereignty claim that pushes into heart of disputed waters.

29 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad piles another problem on China with sovereignty claim that pushes into heart of disputed waters.

What will Beijing do now that Malaysia has discovered the art of the deal in the South China Sea?
Opinion | Beijing unlikely to back down over South China Sea despite growing international pushback

Despite growing resistance from rival nations, Xi Jinping’s tough stance is unlikely to change in the year ahead.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:33PM

Despite growing resistance from rival nations, Xi Jinping’s tough stance is unlikely to change in the year ahead.

Beijing unlikely to back down over South China Sea despite growing international pushback
Opinion | Do military leaders hold the keys to peace for China and the US?

Tensions between the two powers have been rising, but the heads of the Pentagon and PLA are keen to ensure the conflict does not become militarised.

15 Dec 2019 - 10:50PM

Tensions between the two powers have been rising, but the heads of the Pentagon and PLA are keen to ensure the conflict does not become militarised.

Do military leaders hold the keys to peace for China and the US?
Opinion | US finding force is as vital as words in its territorial game with China

Pentagon rallies regional partners to coax China towards path of international rules, focusing on nations that resist Chinese intrusion, while Beijing becomes more active to try to deter an American presence.

30 Nov 2019 - 12:22PM

Pentagon rallies regional partners to coax China towards path of international rules, focusing on nations that resist Chinese intrusion, while Beijing becomes more active to try to deter an American presence.

US finding force is as vital as words in its territorial game with China
Opinion | Philippines’ new ‘maritime tsar’ keen to promote ties with China

New coastguard chief Joel Sarsiban Garcia has openly called for more cooperative relations with Beijing.

23 Nov 2019 - 8:19PM

New coastguard chief Joel Sarsiban Garcia has openly called for more cooperative relations with Beijing.

Philippines’ new ‘maritime tsar’ keen to promote ties with China
Opinion | Vietnam’s threat of legal warfare could signal it is ready to take an even bolder stance on China

Having floated the idea of going further than diplomatic protests over Beijing’s conduct in disputed waters, Hanoi – at a time when the Philippines has moved closer to China – may be becoming more hostile.

16 Nov 2019 - 10:51PM

Having floated the idea of going further than diplomatic protests over Beijing’s conduct in disputed waters, Hanoi – at a time when the Philippines has moved closer to China – may be becoming more hostile.

Vietnam’s threat of legal warfare could signal it is ready to take an even bolder stance on China
Opinion | Unopposed no more: Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea increasingly draw US attention

China’s armada of fishing-cum-militia vessels and giant coastguard ships helps assert claims over islands and energy-rich waters, Richard Heydarian writes.

10 Nov 2019 - 6:00PM

China’s armada of fishing-cum-militia vessels and giant coastguard ships helps assert claims over islands and energy-rich waters, Richard Heydarian writes.

Unopposed no more: Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea increasingly draw US attention
Opinion | As Western nations back away from Duterte and his drug war, China steps up as key ally for Philippines

Beijing, sensing a strategic opening, has made inroads into building rapport with the Philippine domestic security forces that have carried out Duterte’s drug war, Richard Heydarian writes.

26 Oct 2019 - 9:17PM

Beijing, sensing a strategic opening, has made inroads into building rapport with the Philippine domestic security forces that have carried out Duterte’s drug war, Richard Heydarian writes.

As Western nations back away from Duterte and his drug war, China steps up as key ally for Philippines
Opinion | How tighter Philippines-US defence ties contradict Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly foreign policy

Richard Heydarian writes that the Philippine military, which still views China as a top security threat, has leveraged the rising tensions in the South China Sea to boost defence relations with America.

20 Oct 2019 - 5:00PM

Richard Heydarian writes that the Philippine military, which still views China as a top security threat, has leveraged the rising tensions in the South China Sea to boost defence relations with America.

How tighter Philippines-US defence ties contradict Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly foreign policy
Opinion | Can Duterte expand horizons of Philippine diplomacy and keep his Washington and Moscow plates spinning?

Richard Heydarian writes that Philippine president is shrewdly courting great powers to his country’s advantage amid warm words from the Kremlin.

12 Oct 2019 - 3:21PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Philippine president is shrewdly courting great powers to his country’s advantage amid warm words from the Kremlin.

Can Duterte expand horizons of Philippine diplomacy and keep his Washington and Moscow plates spinning?
Opinion | Philippines must be certain its military’s telecoms deal will not let in a Chinese Trojan horse

Defence secretary should be satisfied Beijing could not intercept or sabotage sensitive communications, after contract to install equipment in military facilities is awarded to joint venture involving state-owned China Telecom.

28 Sep 2019 - 11:12PM

Defence secretary should be satisfied Beijing could not intercept or sabotage sensitive communications, after contract to install equipment in military facilities is awarded to joint venture involving state-owned China Telecom.

Philippines must be certain its military’s telecoms deal will not let in a Chinese Trojan horse
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hates gambling, but money talks and he won’t throw away his big chip in Chinese online casinos game
Opinion | Heavy traffic in South China Sea: US vies with China in joint naval drills with Asean members

With first ever naval exercise with all 10 members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US is responding to China’s own efforts, but for Asean states, the drill is part of a strategy to reach out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their autonomy.

7 Sep 2019 - 4:01PM

With first ever naval exercise with all 10 members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US is responding to China’s own efforts, but for Asean states, the drill is part of a strategy to reach out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their autonomy.

Heavy traffic in South China Sea: US vies with China in joint naval drills with Asean members
Opinion | How Rodrigo Duterte’s latest Beijing visit marks a crossroads for China, the Philippines and Asia

Entering his twilight years, the Philippine president is moving to tie the fate of the two countries well beyond his administration, Richard Heydarian writes.

1 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

Entering his twilight years, the Philippine president is moving to tie the fate of the two countries well beyond his administration, Richard Heydarian writes.

How Rodrigo Duterte’s latest Beijing visit marks a crossroads for China, the Philippines and Asia
Opinion | How US-Vietnam alliance blossomed as rivalry between China and the West intensified

The two former arch-enemies have been brought together by a combination of greed and a shared fear of emerging threats in the post-American era, Richard Heydarian writes.

24 Aug 2019 - 12:50PM

The two former arch-enemies have been brought together by a combination of greed and a shared fear of emerging threats in the post-American era, Richard Heydarian writes.

How US-Vietnam alliance blossomed as rivalry between China and the West intensified
Opinion | Duterte heads to Beijing on tide of Philippine dissent over ‘meek and humble’ South China Sea policy

Richard Heydarian writes that hawks in Manila are out of patience with president’s ‘kowtowing’ to Beijing over contested waters, but surprised by plans to discuss 2016 tribunal ruling.

18 Aug 2019 - 12:17PM

Richard Heydarian writes that hawks in Manila are out of patience with president’s ‘kowtowing’ to Beijing over contested waters, but surprised by plans to discuss 2016 tribunal ruling.

Duterte heads to Beijing on tide of Philippine dissent over ‘meek and humble’ South China Sea policy
Opinion | US-Philippine ties fray further with Manila’s embrace of China’s Huawei

The Philippines now feels sufficiently confident to embed Chinese companies in its critical infrastructure, even if this move could affect security cooperation with the US, writes Richard Heydarian.

3 Aug 2019 - 9:55PM

The Philippines now feels sufficiently confident to embed Chinese companies in its critical infrastructure, even if this move could affect security cooperation with the US, writes Richard Heydarian.

US-Philippine ties fray further with Manila’s embrace of China’s Huawei
Opinion | Defiant Rodrigo Duterte shrugs off Reed Bank incident to defend his China policy in speech

Philippine president’s state-of-the-nation address was ‘a calibrated defence of one of his most controversial policies’, Richard Heydarian writes.

27 Jul 2019 - 4:04PM

Philippine president’s state-of-the-nation address was ‘a calibrated defence of one of his most controversial policies’, Richard Heydarian writes.

Defiant Rodrigo Duterte shrugs off Reed Bank incident to defend his China policy in speech
Opinion | Why China’s ‘militiasation’ of the South China Sea needs a review by the Philippines-US alliance

Richard Heydarian writes that Manila and Washington could rewrite their pact to target emerging threats in the South China Sea – including the recent ‘grey zone’ ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a suspected Chinese militia vessel.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:23PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Manila and Washington could rewrite their pact to target emerging threats in the South China Sea – including the recent ‘grey zone’ ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a suspected Chinese militia vessel.

Why China’s ‘militiasation’ of the South China Sea needs a review by the Philippines-US alliance
Opinion | Trade truce is a win-win – but it’s probably a temporary calm before the next storm

Latest ceasefire agreed by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping should be welcomed, since an all-out trade war would spell disaster for the global economy.

2 Jul 2019 - 1:05AM

Latest ceasefire agreed by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping should be welcomed, since an all-out trade war would spell disaster for the global economy.

Trade truce is a win-win – but it’s probably a temporary calm before the next storm
Opinion | Rodrigo Duterte thought he had an understanding with Beijing, then came the Reed Bank collision

The sinking of a fishing vessel in the South China Sea has become the Philippine president’s greatest foreign policy crisis, Richard Heydarian writes.

23 Jun 2019 - 11:04PM

The sinking of a fishing vessel in the South China Sea has become the Philippine president’s greatest foreign policy crisis, Richard Heydarian writes.

Rodrigo Duterte thought he had an understanding with Beijing, then came the Reed Bank collision
On Reflection | China-Philippines ‘hit and run’: Duterte’s downplaying of the incident is sign of his Beijing dilemma

The president’s soft response is a sign of difficulty getting support for friendly relations with Beijing, writes Richard Heydarian.

18 Jun 2019 - 6:36AM

The president’s soft response is a sign of difficulty getting support for friendly relations with Beijing, writes Richard Heydarian.

China-Philippines ‘hit and run’: Duterte’s downplaying of the incident is sign of his Beijing dilemma
Opinion | China’s new abnormal: European patrols in disputed Southeast Asian waters

Richard Heydarian writes that Germany’s entry into the fray leaves China once again surrounded by Western naval powers, an echo of the dark days of the Opium Wars.

15 Jun 2019 - 11:00PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Germany’s entry into the fray leaves China once again surrounded by Western naval powers, an echo of the dark days of the Opium Wars.

China’s new abnormal: European patrols in disputed Southeast Asian waters
Opinion | How the Shangri-La Dialogue turned into a diplomatic coup for China

Richard Heydarian writes that China’s neighbours seem more worried about a great power conflict than Beijing’s growing economic and naval footprint across the Indo-Pacific.

9 Jun 2019 - 11:12PM

Richard Heydarian writes that China’s neighbours seem more worried about a great power conflict than Beijing’s growing economic and naval footprint across the Indo-Pacific.

How the Shangri-La Dialogue turned into a diplomatic coup for China
Opinion | Why China was the big winner of the Philippines’ midterm elections

With his power assured, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can fully consummate his pivot to China, shrugging off opposition criticism, Richard Heydarian writes.

25 May 2019 - 10:54PM

With his power assured, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can fully consummate his pivot to China, shrugging off opposition criticism, Richard Heydarian writes.

Why China was the big winner of the Philippines’ midterm elections
Opinion | China and the United States are playing a perilous game of chicken in Asia-Pacific

Washington and its allies are increasingly challenging Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea, but Richard Heydarian considers where it will all end.

11 May 2019 - 10:20PM

Washington and its allies are increasingly challenging Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea, but Richard Heydarian considers where it will all end.

China and the United States are playing a perilous game of chicken in Asia-Pacific
Opinion | How Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s stubborn pivot to China could cost him political capital at home

Richard Heydarian writes that Filipinos are asking: Is China a ‘friend’ of the Philippines or only Duterte?

4 May 2019 - 10:30PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Filipinos are asking: Is China a ‘friend’ of the Philippines or only Duterte?

How Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s stubborn pivot to China could cost him political capital at home