Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Japan said to offer chopper parts to Philippines as counter to China

Author:

TIM KELLY AND NOBUHIRO KUBO

Source:

The Japan Times

Date:

August 11, 2017

Description:

Japan will give thousands of helicopter parts to the Philippines to keep its military choppers airborne, helping Tokyo gain clout with Manila in a contest with China to secure influence over the strategic South China Sea nation, four sources said.

Tags: News, Japan, Military Relations, Military Cooperation, Japan-Philippines Relations

Title:

 US warship sails close to Mischief Reef

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

August 10, 2017

Description:

MANILA – A U.S. warship sailed close to a Chinese man-made island in the disputed South China Sea in an operation that challenged China’s vast territorial claims in busy international waters, a U.S. Navy official said Thursday.

Tags: News, Freedom of navigation, US Military, FONOPs

Title:

 PH-China economic ties likely the reason behind ASEAN ministers’ “weak” stance on South China Sea – Golez

Author:

Joyce Balancio

Source:

UNTV

Date:

August 8, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano forefronts economic progress as the reason why the ASEAN foreign ministers, in their statement on Tuesday, did not highlight the arbitral ruling favoring Philippines over China in the West Philippine Sea dispute.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes, ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 Japan, China in testy exchange over Tokyo's South China Sea remarks

Author:

Audrey Morallo

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

August 8, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Japan and China had a tension-filled meeting following Tokyo’s critical remarks at the East Asia Summit over Beijing’s island-building and military activities in the West Philippine Sea, an exchange confirmed by a Japanese government spokesperson.

Tags: News, South China Sea, China-Japan Relations, Wang Yi, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Australia, Japan, U.S. call for South China Sea code to be legally binding

Author:

Manuel Mogato and Christian Shepherd

Source:

Reuters

Date:

August 7, 2017

Description:

Australia, Japan and the United States on Monday urged Southeast Asia and China to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draw up will be legally binding and said they strongly opposed "coercive unilateral actions".

Tags: News, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes, Code of Conduct, ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 US provides drones to help Philippines fight pro-IS militants

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

August 7, 2017

Description:

The United States has been providing the Philippines with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight a months-long siege of a southern city by pro-Islamic State group militants, the top US diplomat said Monday as he prepared to meet the country’s polarising president.

Tags: News, Military Relations, Military Cooperation, Philippines-US Relations, Philippine Military, US Military

Title:

 IS in Philippines , missiles, SCS top US Pacific concerns

Author:

Jose Katigbak, STAR Washington bureau

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

July 30, 2017

Description:

WASHINGTON – Islamic State (IS) terrorists making inroads in the Philippines, Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and North Korea’s nuclear capabilities are three major challenges facing US forces in the Pacific, the chief of the US Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr., said.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Asia Pacific Pivot, Southeast Asia

Title:

 China-Singapore ties will withstand the test of time

Author:

Lee Boon Yang

Source:

The Straits Times

Date:

 July 27, 2017

Description:

Differences of views are to be expected, even between good friends. These can be overcome by nurturing mutual understanding and cooperation, Singapore Press Holdings chairman Lee Boon Yang said in a speech yesterday to thought leaders from both countries at the inaugural Lianhe Zaobao Singapore-China Forum. Singapore and China officially established diplomatic relations in 1990. But our bilateral relations go back much further. Chinese Singaporeans, most of whom emigrated from various parts of China to Singapore, share common cultural roots with the Chinese people. Although I was born in Singapore, my parents and several siblings were among the waves of immigration more than 70 years ago. Our businessmen and entrepreneurs had long before 1990 established strong trade and other ties with China.

Tags: China-Singapore Relations

Title:

Wang Yi tells ASEAN to reject 'non-regional forces' in South China Sea

Author:

Cliff Venzon

Source:

Nikkei Asian Review

Date:

 July 25, 2017

Description:

Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China on Tuesday called on Southeast Asian nations to reject unnamed "non-regional forces" that he said are out to create trouble over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Speaking in the Philippine capital, Wang said the situation in the contested waters is "trending towards stability" with improving China-Philippines ties playing a key part in this.

Tags: South China Sea, Wang Yi, ASEAN-China Relations, Code of Conduct, Alan Peter Cayetano

Title:

 Manila should learn from Vietnam – Golez

Author:

Jarius Bondoc

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

July 24. 2017

Description:

Filipinos and Vietnamese descended from the ancient Malays. The race also brought forth the Indonesians, Malaysians, and Bruneians. The Malays were daring seafarers. Around the first millennium they crossed the Indian Ocean in boats of 300 warriors, and conquered Madagascar off Africa. There they introduced plants and animals, like banana and carabao, and rice paddy agriculture – all nowhere found in mainland Africa. For a time the Cham region of southern Vietnam served as the capital of the Malay realm.

Tags: News, China-Vietnam relations, US-Vietnam relations, Philippines-US Relations, Vietnam, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 China ends Hanoi’s maritime drilling

Author:

Taylor MacDonald

Source:

ASEAN Economist

Date:

 July 24, 2017

Description:

Vietnam has reportedly terminated a gas-drilling expedition in the contested South China Sea, following threats from Beijing, as it embeds its grip on the region by opening a cinema on an island claimed by Hanoi. Vietnamese diplomatic sources and an oil industry insider told the BBC that the Spanish-owned drilling company, Repsol, was forced to leave the area. It was confirmed this month that a major gas field is below the water with some observers surprised at Hanoi’s immediate U-turn.

Tags: South China Sea, China-Vietnam relations, Oil and gas, General Fan Changlong

Title:

 Oil: The Philippines Is Challenging China Again Over A Disputed Sea

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

July 23, 2017

Description:

More than two years ago Philippine energy officials called off drilling for oil and natural gas in a sensitive part of the South China Sea that Beijing claims as its own. The Southeast Asian country’s Department of Energy froze that ambition because the Philippines was preparing for world court arbitration with China over who has the more rightful rights to the tract of sea. The location is called Reed Bank, an 8,866 square-kilometer table mount 80 kilometers from the Philippine island of Palawan.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Oil and gas

Title:

 Hypocrisy in the South China Sea

Author:

MARK J. VALENCIA

Source:

The Japan Times

Date:

July 21, 2017

Description:

HAIKOU, CHINA – There is a big difference between reasoning and rationalization. Reasoning is the use of facts and logic to derive a conclusion regarding a given issue. Rationalization is the use of reasoning to justify a preconceived conclusion. Many countries have rationalized their positions regarding their claims and actions in the South China Sea. Indeed there are no “innocents” — only degrees of rationalization.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Freedom of navigation, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Trump’s Pentagon Plans Challenge Chinese Claims in South China Sea

Author:

Kristina Wong

Source:

Breitbart

Date:

July 20, 2017 

Description:

President Trump approved a Pentagon plan this year that will require regular challenges to China’s excessive maritime claims in the South China Sea, Breitbart News has learned. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent the plan to the White House in April that outlines a schedule for the whole year of when U.S. Navy ships will sail through international waters China illegally claims, according to a U.S. official.

Tags: US-China Relations, US Navy, Trump South China Sea Policy, Pentagon, Jim Mattis

Title:

 India seeks to strengthen ASEAN bond

Author:

NDT Malaysia Bureau

Source:

New Delhi Times

Date:

 July 17, 2017

Description:

India will invite the heads of state for government of all 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states for the Republic Day parade and celebrations on January 2018 to translate India’s ‘Act East Policy’ into action. This could the first time ever for many Asian leaders together to be chief guests at the parade showcasing India’s military might. The gathering will be much bigger than what Modi had gathered when he invited all the leaders of SAARC countries for his oath ceremony way back in 2014.

Tags: India-ASEAN Relations, Act East Policy