Countries that are near the Philippines are primarily Taiwan and China to the north and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south. Because the Philippines is located on an island group, it has no countries that directly border it.Know More
The Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands, only 2,000 of which are inhabited. Most Filipinos live on only 11 of these islands, with the center of population on the island Luzon, where the capital city Manila is located. Outlying areas are subject to sometimes heavy guerrilla activity both by Muslim separatists and the communist New People's Army. Malaysia is the closest country to the Philippines, lying only a few miles southwest of the Sulu Archipelago and the Palawan island group.
While the Philippines are located between the local powerhouses China and Indonesia, the United States provides the country with a great deal of aid and support. This is partly because the Philippines was a U.S. territory for nearly 50 years, but also partly because it is between communist and Islamic states. During World War II, the Philippines were strategically critical to the U.S. Navy. Japan fought hard to capture the islands in order to deprive the U.S. of this convenient base, and it took decades for the Philippines to recover from the resulting devastation.Learn more in Southeast Asia
The top five products exported by the Philippines are integrated circuits, computers, semiconductor devices, office machine parts and electrical transformers. The top five recipients of these exports are China, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore. Philippines is the top exporter of copper strings, sponges, felt hats, sulfides, fulminates and vacuum flask glass inners.Full Answer >
The Philippines is a country that gained full independence from the United States in 1946. The country is located in the Pacific Ocean to the east of Vietnam. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, but the majority of its citizens live on only 11 of them.Full Answer >
Corruption, poverty and human rights are the major social issues in the Philippines. Corruption in the Philippines deters trade and economic development in the region, according to a senior U.S. diplomat.Full Answer >
While there was a Japanese occupation of the Republic of the Philippines between 1942 and 1945 that was widely resented by Filipinos, since the end of World War II Japan has been a vital trade partner that has helped boost the Philippine economy. Japan also provided support in 1980 to the new Philippine government. Recently Japan has also provided much-needed aid to the Philippines for rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan.Full Answer >