Walden Bello is a columnist at Foreign Policy In Focus and a former member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He made the only recorded resignation on principle from Congress owing to differences with the administration of President Benigno Aquino III on domestic issues and foreign policy. He is the author or co-author of 23 books, including the forthcoming Counterrevolution: Origins, Dynamics, Consequences (spring 2019) and The Fall of China? Preventing the Next Crash (spring 2019).
By linking itself to Washington in its territorial disputes with China, the Philippines risks getting caught up in a superpower conflict.