Washington hopes such a deal would be a powerful counterweight to China’s efforts to impose its own digital standards in the region.
This could be a spark that inspires reporters to focus on getting the facts right amid the deluge of false and misleading information spread by social media.
This is especially pertinent in this time of economic hardship for many women in the region.
The Chinese-Filipino community has called for dialogue and diplomacy but has been branded by some in the Philippines as Chinese first and Filipino second.
What does the president's reaction, or lack thereof, mean?
The pitfalls of a US Indo-Pacific strategy
For the ASEAN community as a whole to benefit from technology, economics should not be the sole determining driver.
As Covid-19 grips the world, the Filipino workforce looks increasingly vulnerable, despite strong growth in recent years.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome, which has long been linked to polluted air, has been a major cause of Covid-19-related deaths.
Robin Ramcharan of the Asia Centre in Bangkok offers an approach for strengthening democratization in the region.
Behind Duterte's façade of triviality and pettiness is a concerted plan to shift the Philippines away from the US and closer to China.