Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 How China snubbed Singapore at the Belt and Road summit

Author:

Angela Han

Source:

the Interpreter

Date:

May 18, 2016 

Description:

Among the 29 Heads of State who converged on Beijing for the Belt and Road Summit earlier this week were leaders of seven of the ten ASEAN states. One leader was noticeably missing: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Various observers have noted this absence, including Hugh White, who suggested it was no co-incidence that, like others - Japan, India, Australia and ‘most western countries’ - who had not sent their national leaders to Beijing, Singapore was aligned with the US and uneasy about China’s rise – ‘or perceived to be so’.

Tags: Belt and Road Initiative, Lee Hsien Loong, China-Singapore Relations

Title:

China hits out at G7 for 'irresponsible remarks' on South China Sea

Author:

Kirsty Needham

Source:

The Sydney Morning Herald

Date:

 May 28, 2017

Description:

China has rebuked the powerful G7 group of nations for issuing a communique expressing concern at developments in the South China Sea. China accused the G7, comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States, of "interfering" in South China Sea and East China Sea issues.

Tags: South China Sea, G7,

Title:

 ‘Philippines can bring China war threat before UN’

Author:

Evelyn Macairan

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 May 21, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has advised the Duterte government to elevate to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Chinese President Xi Jinping’s threat of war against the Philippines should the latter insist on drilling for oil in the disputed South China Sea, or the West Philippine Sea.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations, Justice Carpio

Title:

 Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

The Manila Bulletin

Date:

 May 22, 2017

Description:

In an effort to peacefully resolve their dispute over certain parts of the South China Sea, the Philippines and China formally established on Friday a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism during which both sides reviewed their experiences on the contentious issues.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations, Bilateral Talks, Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana, Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

Title:

 China denies harassing Filipino fishermen

Author:

Kristine Angeli Sabillo

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 3, 2017

Description:

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has asked China to respond to reports that it has been harassing Filipino fishermen in South China Sea.

Tags: News, Fishing Disputes

Title:

 South China Sea issue not raised by Asean leaders during summit – envoy Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/155892/south-china-sea-issue-not-raised-asean-leaders-summit-envoy#ixzz4fozvLEsY Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Author:

Christine O. Avendaño

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 1, 2017

Description:

MANILA — Since none of the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) raised the subject of China’s reclamation activities and military build up in the disputed South China Sea in their meeting presided by Philippine President Duterte last Saturday, the Asean chairman’s statement kept silent about it.

Tags: News, Territorial Disputes, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 Asean final statement silent on China island-building

Author:

Christine O. Avendaño

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 1, 2017

Description:

The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final statement on Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China’s “militarization” of newly built artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in a major concession to Beijing.

Tags: News, ASEAN, ASEAN Statement, ASEAN Summit 2017