Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

Author:

Reuters

Source:

Reuters

Date:

May 2, 2017 

Description:

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) dropped references to "land reclamation and militarisation" from its chairman's statement this year at the end of its summit in the Philippine capital, Manila.

Tags: Declaration of Conduct, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 South China Sea issue not raised by Asean leaders during summit – envoy Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/155892/south-china-sea-issue-not-raised-asean-leaders-summit-envoy#ixzz4fozvLEsY Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Author:

Christine O. Avendaño

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 1, 2017

Description:

MANILA — Since none of the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) raised the subject of China’s reclamation activities and military build up in the disputed South China Sea in their meeting presided by Philippine President Duterte last Saturday, the Asean chairman’s statement kept silent about it.

Tags: News, Territorial Disputes, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 Asean final statement silent on China island-building

Author:

Christine O. Avendaño

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 1, 2017

Description:

The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final statement on Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China’s “militarization” of newly built artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in a major concession to Beijing.

Tags: News, ASEAN, ASEAN Statement, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 Philippine Navy sends warship to patrol Benham Rise

Author:

Carmela Fonbuena

Source:

Rappler

Date:

 March 24, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine Navy sent one of its most capable warships to Benham Rise in the wake of reports that China showed interest in the territory that's been declared a part of the country's continental shelf.

Tags: News, Benham Rise

Title:

 Duterte, Prayut agree on strengthening Asean to face new regional challenges

Author:

Wasamon Audjarint

Source:

The Nation

Date:

March 21, 2017 

Description:

Visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he had reached common ground with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during a bilateral meeting in Bangkok in regard to strengthening Asean so that the grouping is better placed to face new regional challenges. “We both recognise the need to strengthen Asean centrality in the emerging regional architecture,” Duterte told a joint press conference after the meeting at Government House.

Tags: China-ASEAN Expo, Thailand, Philippines-Thailand relations