Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea - U.S. officials

Author:

Idrees Ali

Source:

Reuters

Date:

October 11, 2017

Description:

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, prompting anger in Beijing, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes, Paracel Islands, FONOPs

Title:

 Philippine Lawmaker Digging Up New Intelligence on Pressure From China

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Voice of America

Date:

October 11, 2017

Description:

A Philippine opposition party legislator has been drawing attention for the release of privileged information that suggests China is infringing on offshore islets that the two countries dispute, a potential threat to a recently strengthened diplomatic relationship.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes, Chinese Intrusions

Title:

 Chinese ships patrol disputed East China Sea area

Author:

RTHK

Source:

RTHK

Date:

September 25, 2017 

Description:

Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. The four ships entered the waters surrounding the island chain, controlled by Japan and known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in China, at around 10am and were moving in a southwest direction, according to the Japanese coast guard.

Tags: China-Japan Relations, East China Sea

Title:

 Palace: Vietnamese caught fishing in PH exclusive economic zone

Author:

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

September 25, 2017

Description:

MANILA – The Philippine government on Monday vowed a “fair and thorough” probe into the killing of two Vietnamese fishermen off Pangasinan in South China Sea, even as it noted that the foreigners encroached on the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

Tags: News, Vietnam, Fishing Disputes, Philippine-Vietnam Relations

Title:

 What Will China Do if the U.S. Attacks North Korea?

Author:

Shen Dingli, Bonnie Glaser, Seong-Hyon Lee

Source:

Chinafile.com

Date:

 September 21, 2017

Description:

During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that if North Korea threatened the United States or its allies, he would “totally destroy” the nation. As tensions continue to rise between Washington and Pyongyang, is Beijing growing more or less likely to intervene in a conflict between the United States and North Korea? On which side would China intervene? —The Editors

Tags: US-China Relations, North Korea

Title:

 Beijing Retaliates to Trump's Remark on South China Sea at UN General Assembly

Author:

India.com NewsDesk

Source:

India.com

Date:

September 20, 2017 

Description:

The President of United States, in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, implicitly warned Russia and China against their respective attempts to “undermine sovereignty” in the conflicted region of Ukraine and the resource-rich South China Sea.

Tags: South China Sea, China-US Relations, Trump South China Sea Policy, UN General Assembly

Title:

 ASEAN seeks strong Japanese presence in Asia to counter China

Author:

HIROYUKI AKITA

Source:

Nikkei Asian Review

Date:

September 19, 2017 

Description:

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi -- his closest political friend in Asia -- for the tenth time. The two, both conservative politicians, became good friends about a decade ago, when Modi was a political leader in his home town. Their prime concern now is how to cope with China's growing influence, about which they must have had a deep discussion during dinner the previous day.

Tags: Shinzo Abe, India, Belt and Road Initiative, ASEAN-Japan Relations

Title:

 China, Laos Hold New Defense Meeting

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 18, 2017 

Description:

Over the weekend, China and Laos held the first iteration of a new defense consultative mechanism. The convening of the so-called high-level frontier meetings, led by the defense ministers of both sides, has been billed yet another step in the development of security ties by Beijing and Vientiane despite some of the recent challenges inherent in the relationship.

Tags: Laos, ASEAN-China Relations

Title:

 Trade ties up as Taipei looks ‘south’

Author:

Tho Xin Yi

Source:

The Star Online

Date:

 September 17, 2017

Description:

SINCE Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan president in May last year, Taipei’s ties with mainland China have strained due to her insistence that Taiwan is not an integral part of China. Beijing has made known it cannot tolerate rhetoric that challenges its uncompromising “One China” policy.

Tags: Cross-strait relations, Belt and Road Initiative, New Southbound Policy, Taiwan-Malaysia Relations

Title:

 China, ASEAN to boost investment promotion

Author:

Ghio Ong

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

September 14, 2017 

Description:

Nanning, China – China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes the Philippines, are expected to enhance further the cooperation on investment and production in several fields as the city hosts the 14th China-ASEAN Expo (Caexpo). “Bilateral high-level forums on production capacity and investment cooperation will be held between China and Cambodia, China and the Philippines and China and Vietnam,” said Gao Feng, spokesman for China’s ministry of commerce, in a statement.

Tags: China-ASEAN Relations, Trade and Investments, CAEXPO 2017