Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 South China Sea Controversy: China Accuses Philippines Of Deliberately Scaring People With Civilian Aircraft Warning Claim

Author:

Vishakha Sonawane

Source:

International Business Times

Date:

 January 19, 2016

Description:

Philippines was deliberately trying to frighten people by saying that China warned a small civilian plane flown by Manila close to a Beijing-built island in the disputed South China Sea, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Spratlys

Title:

 China seeks investment for disputed islands, to launch flights

Author:

Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 January 15, 2016

Description:

BEIJING/WASHINGTON China will invite private investment to build infrastructure on islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea and will start regular flights to one of them this year, state media said on Friday, moves likely to anger other claimants.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Spratlys

Title:

 SECDEF Carter Clarifies South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation in Letter to McCain

Author:

Megan Eckstein

Source:

USNI News

Date:

January 5, 2016

Description:

After two months, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter provided a clear explanation of an U.S. Oct. 27 South China Sea freedom of navigation operation (FON op) that both enraged China and left domestic maritime observers with lingering questions on American intentions. In a Dec. 22 letter to Senate Armed Services Committee chair Sen. John McCain, Carter outlined the mission of USS Lassen (DDG-82) that tested territorial claims of not only China but Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Freedom of navigation

Title:

 A ‘Special’ US-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands in 2016?

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

December 25, 2015

Description:

On December 23, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council confirmed that Southeast Asian leaders had accepted an invitation from U.S. President Barack Obama to meet for a summit in the Californian resort of Sunnylands early next year.

Tags: Obama, Southeast Asia, US-ASEAN relations

Title:

 China Protests Sale of U.S. Arms to Taiwan

Author:

Michael Forsythe

Source:

The New York Times

Date:

December 17, 2015

Description:

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including two warships and antitank missiles, has drawn a swift rebuke from China, which threatened to penalize the companies that made the armaments and summoned a United States diplomat to register an official protest.

Tags: US-China Relations, Obama, Cross-strait relations, Political Security

Title:

 Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam

Author:

Mina Pollman

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

December 2, 2015

Description:

As China’s construction projects and the United States’ freedom of navigation operations ratchet up tensions in the South China Sea, Japan is increasing its cooperation with other claimant states – most notably the Philippines and Vietnam. Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) plays a large role in this cooperation.

Tags: South China Sea, Strategic Partnership, Philippine Foreign Policy, Japan ODA, Japan-Philippines Relations, Japan-Vietnam Relations

Title:

 Achievable priorities needed for 'One Belt, One Road’

Author:

The China Post new staff

Source:

The China Post

Date:

 October 29, 2015

Description:

This March, China under Xi Jinping presented its vision for the "One Belt, One Road" economic network initiative. It is a highly ambitious plan for integrating the trade and infrastructure network of the entire Eurasian continent, as well as the maritime trade route from the Pacific, through the South China Sea and across the Indian Ocean.

Tags: Commentary, One Belt One Road, Silk Road, Editorial