Asia Pacific Regional Developments

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

Title:

 Japan says jet fighters conducted drills with U.S. aircraft over East China Sea

Author:

Reuters Staff

Source:

Reuters

Date:

September 9, 2017

Description:

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese F-15 fighter jets on Saturday conducted an air exercise with U.S. B1-B bombers in the skies above the East China Sea, Japan’s Air Self Defense Force (ASDF) said. The joint drill comes as South Korea braces for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region.

Tags: East China Sea, Japan-US relations, joint exercise

Title:

 The Philippines Is Forcing China To Limit Its Aggressive Maritime Expansion

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

August 29, 2017

Description:

The difference in military might between China and the Philippines is so great it’s hardly worth a breakdown. China runs the world’s third strongest military, according to the database GlobalFirePower.com, while the Philippines ranks No. 50. But the Southeast Asian archipelago is showing China, case by case, how far it can go in a decade-old effort to control a giant disputed sea where it is one of five claimants to the area.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Japan’s Maritime Diplomacy Mission in Southeast Asia

Author:

Michael Hart

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

August 28, 2017

Description:

Over the past year, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has embarked upon a drive to cultivate closer bilateral maritime security ties with Southeast Asian nations. Abe’s concerted maritime diplomacy strategy has unfolded in response to growing Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas, where Japan and several ASEAN states remain locked in intractable territorial disputes with China. Amidst heightened tensions, Japan is seeking new maritime defense partnerships to boost naval capacity and ensure the continued security of East Asia’s economically-vital sea lanes.

Tags: Commentary, Japan, Shinzo Abe

Title:

 As the U.S. steps back, Vietnamese wonder if China is taking control

Author:

Vincent Bevins

Source:

The Washington Post

Date:

August 26, 2017

Description:

Citizens of Vietnam have developed an unusual national pastime: Across the country and on social networks, people trade suspicions that their government is secretly giving in to an aggressive China. And lately, there has been plenty of fuel for their rumors. Some blame a visibly diminished U.S. presence for giving Beijing an opportunity to act behind the scenes. Many blame officials in Hanoi for putting economic cooperation or alleged communist solidarity above questions of national pride. Last month, when a valuable project overseen by the Spanish company Repsol was suspended without explanation, both theories abounded.

Tags: China-Vietnam relations, US-Vietnam relations, Oil and gas, Trump South China Sea Policy, Public Opinion, Trump foreign policy

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:

 Vietnam wins U.S. defense pledges as tension with China grows

Author:

Eric Beech

Source:

Reuters

Date:

August 9, 2017 

Description:

WASHINGTON/HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has won the promise of a visit from a U.S. aircraft carrier and deeper defense cooperation from the United States as strains show with China over the disputed South China Sea. Within Southeast Asia, Vietnam has become an increasingly lonely voice in challenging Chinese claims to the vast majority of the waterway and was forced to suspend some offshore oil drilling last month after pressure from Beijing.

Tags: South China Sea, China-Vietnam relations, US-Vietnam relations

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:

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Author:

Manuel Mogato

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 August 7, 2017

Description:

MANILA (Reuters) - 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”. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should establish a set of rules that were “legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with international law”, the foreign ministers of the three countries said in a statement following a meeting in Manila.

Tags: United States, South China Sea, Japan, Australia, Code of Conduct