Elfren S. Cruz
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On becoming the next economic miracle
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 23, 2023 - 12:00am
Ten years ago, Ruchir Sharma wrote a book called “Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles” which became an international bestseller.
South China Sea: Asia’s Cauldron
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 19, 2023 - 12:00am
First came the Philippine expansion of EDCA allowing US presence in nine Philippine military bases.
Escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 16, 2023 - 12:00am
Xi Jinping was elected to another five-year term as president of China together with his position as head of the Chinese Communist Party and head of the Military Commission.
Cuisine discoveries
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 12, 2023 - 12:00am
Two weeks ago, my family went out of town to experience something unusual, something new. This is my wife Neni Sta. Romana Cruz’s account of the experience:
Economic wars between America and China
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Xi Jinping very recently publicly complained that the United States is holding back China’s economy. He is obviously referring to American-led alliances that have virtually imposed sanctions on countries and...
EDSA on my mind
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 5, 2023 - 12:00am
I am sharing this Sunday space today with my wife, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, who cannot stop talking about movies she recently saw.
The future of Xi Jinping
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 2, 2023 - 12:00am
China continues to be the most important external force influencing the Philippines’ domestic politics and its foreign policy.
The long road to EDSA
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 26, 2023 - 12:00am
The story of those four historic days in EDSA has been told and retold in many books and articles. The many events that actually led to the People Power Revolution have not received as much attention.
The Aquino legacy
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 23, 2023 - 12:00am
This year, we commemorate the 37th anniversary of the People Power Revolution which happened on Feb. 22-25, 1986.
Amb. Chito Sta. Romana Memorial Lecture on China
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 19, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippine Association for Chinese Studies and the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines recently launched the Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana Memorial Lecture series on Feb. 10.
Philippines vs. Chinese expansionism
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 16, 2023 - 12:00am
The tension between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is caused by Beijing’s military and naval presence in the waters which are part of Philippine territory.
On PNoy’s 63rd birthday
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 12, 2023 - 12:00am
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was born on Feb. 8, 1960. He served as president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. In six short years, he was able to transform the country from the sick man...
Reasons for alliances
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 9, 2023 - 12:00am
The extension and expansion of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement continues to be controversial among certain sectors of Philippine society.
A dilemma for nationalists
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 5, 2023 - 12:00am
The new bases agreement between the United States and the Philippines under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA needs to be clarified.
Ideas that inspired 8 CEOs
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 2, 2023 - 12:00am
It was 100 years ago when Harvard Business Review published its first issue with the aim of putting the world’s best management thinking into practice to benefit all practitioners. It is in marking the centennial...
Cory, the young Scholastican (Part II)
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 29, 2023 - 12:00am
During the 80th birthday celebration of former Aquino Foundation executive director Amelia Bautista years ago, Carina and Cory sat together at the same table. Carina casually asked Cory about a particular yellow...
Cory, the young Scholastican
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 26, 2023 - 12:00am
Yesterday, Jan. 25, was the 90th birthday of President Cory Aquino.
Free Leila de Lima!
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 22, 2023 - 12:00am
One front page news that may have been missed by people is the public apology of whistle-blower Sandra Cam, who apologized to former senator Leila de Lima for allowing herself to be used as a tool for falsely implicating...
Fighting income inequality & elitism
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 19, 2023 - 12:00am
For more than a decade now, I have been harping on the theme that the biggest economic and social problem of the world is income inequality.
Xi faces a reckoning
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 15, 2023 - 12:00am
The persistence of the COVID epidemic in China remains a mystery to many people, including me. 
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