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Geographically, the Philippines can be divided into three parts, namely, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. With all these islands combined, the country’s coastline is the fifth longest in the world, spanning 36,289 kilometers. It is considered as Asia’s largest Catholic country of Asia, since Spanish colonial times. Further, the Philippines is the world’s 12th most populated country with approximately 92 million people (as of 2009).
The country can be reached by plane. Other means of traveling are not feasible as the Philippines is an archipelago. Some major airports are in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark (Angeles), Kalibo, Laoag, Subic (Zambales), and Zamboanga.
The United States’ “pivot to Asia” has been intensely discussed over the last years. But recently, a new pivot model has come up: the Russian Federation’s pivot to Asia. This article analyzes this topic from an economic perspective by asking: Is the Russian economy really about to shift its focus thus far centered on the European Union (EU) to Asia? The following events have been heating up this discussion: Read more
Joseph E. Stiglitz,
Mohamed A. El-Erian,
Isam al Khafaji,
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