Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 TNI will be involved in securing energy exploration, exploitation

Author:

News Desk

Source:

The Jakarta Post

Date:

July 14, 2017 

Description:

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a cooperation between the two institutions on security precautions for natural resource exploration activities in the country. Jonan said the TNI would secure all exploration and exploitation activities conducted by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

Tags: South China Sea, Oil and gas, Indonesia, TNI

Title:

 India will boost ties with Vietnam and Japan, says top diplomat

Author:

Ravi Velloor

Source:

The Straits Times

Date:

 July 12, 2017

Description:

India will deepen its strategic ties with Vietnam and Japan as it continues to build on its Act East policy and sheds its status quo instincts for a more activist line that has already seen it come to the humanitarian aid of countries far beyond its shores. That is the message from New Delhi to South-east Asia. Speaking on the theme of India, Asean and changing geopolitics, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said yesterday: "Vietnam is a well-established strategic partner and our cooperation across a broad range of economic, developmental and security issues will deepen ever further.

Tags: India-ASEAN Relations, Act East Policy, India-Japan Relations

Title:

 South China Sea dispute expected to dominate Philippine foreign secretary’s first China visit: analysts

Author:

Catherine Wong

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

2017-06-28

Description:

Philippines’ newly appointed foreign secretary is expected to face a challenge when his first official visit to China begins on Wednesday, as he tries to balance the competing interests of Beijing and Southeast Asian countries against the South China Sea disputes, according to analysts.

Tags: News, Territorial Disputes, Code of Conduct, Alan Peter Cayetano

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:

 Four navies converge in South China Sea

Author:

Naval Today

Source:

Naval Today

Date:

 June 8, 2017

Description:

Five ships from Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.S. met in the South China Sea on June 8 for two days of maneuvers and exercises. The exercise included JMSDF destroyers Izumo and Sazanami, RCN frigate HMCS Winnipeg, Australian frigate Ballarat and US destroyer Sterett.

Tags: Naval Cooperation

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:

 US policy on South China Sea remains

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

 May 6, 2017

Description:

The United States, under a new government, has not changed its policy on the issue of the South China Sea as previously espoused by the Obama administration: That the disputes cannot hinder the rights of all countries to navigate, to fly, and conduct commerce through this important region. This was emphasized by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the special US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers meeting which he hosted Thursday in Washington DC where he spent considerable time with his Southeast Asian counterparts talking about the South China Sea territorial disputes.

Tags: US maritime policy, US Navy, Rex Tillerson