China Program

APPFI's flagship program focuses on China and Philippines-China relations.  The China Program stands on two pillars: (1) promoting better understanding among Philippine stakeholders of the implications of China’s emerging role in East Asia and the world, and (2) strengthening civil society linkages and Track Two diplomacy between these two neighboring countries.

亚洲太平洋协进基金会 (亚太协进会)

亚太协进会的旗舰方案聚焦菲中关系。中国项目有两个支柱:

  1. 促进菲律滨利益相关者对中国在东亚和世界崛起的进一步了解。
  2. 加强民间社会的连接和两邻国之间的二轨外交。

Engaging China: Breaking New Paths for Cooperation and Mutual Respect

Many pundits have said that the 21st Century will see gobal power shifting to the Asia Pacific, driven by rapid growth and technological innovation, among others. Yet the Asia Pacific region currently faces immense uncertainties & challenges, including the increasing salience of geopolitical competition, fragile political systems, and the imperatives of economic integration and intensifying regionalism. Failure by countries in the region, as well as its institutions of regional governance, to craft correct strategies and approaches to these developments may lead to crises. China, and yet not only China but the countries of Southeast Asia, India, Japan, the United States, among others, will be the main actors on this stage.

The Chinese word for “crisis” is a combination of two characters: “danger” & “opportunity”. In the recent evolution of the Philippines-China relationship, we have seen danger in the form of growing perceptions of coercive behavior, as well as misguided nationalism in both countries, particularly surrounding questions of sovereignty over territory. However, we also see new opportunity because of the much more focused attention now given to the relations by the two countries’ top leaders & thinkers, who recognize that cooperation & mutual respect are not only desirable but imperative values between neighbors. It is here that APPFI seeks to contribute to a better understanding of China’s role in the evolving regional environment and its implications for the Philippines.

Thus, APPFI’s flagship program for 2015-2017 is “Engaging China: Breaking New Paths for Cooperation & Mutual Respect”. The program seeks to bring together government, industry, intellectual leaders , and other stakeholders who can bring to the table innovative ideas & lessons from experience towards contributing to a more stable & beneficial China policy for the Philippines.

“Engaging China” involves at one level convening policy colloquia & roundtables among experts on their recommended visions, goals and strategies for Philippines-China relations; the findings will be written into a report which will be extensively disseminated and hopefully debated upon. A second level involves embarking on a major program of intellectual exchanges and networking activities among key Filipino and Chinese individuals and institutions, intended to enhance mutual understanding and mutual respect.

APPFI invites and encourages partnership arrangements with stakeholders from the two countries based on reciprocity and shared principles.