Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 US FONOPs: Game on again in the South China Sea

Author:

Sam Bateman

Source:

The Interpreter

Date:

May 26, 2017

Description:

According to this Reuters report, which was soon followed by others citing a Pentagon spokesman, a US Navy warship, the destroyer USS Dewey, has recently sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese-occupied Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. This was the first such challenge to Beijing by the US under President Donald Trump, but neither the location or the operation itself should have come as a surprise. It may also score some marks for the US in the Philippines without unduly upsetting China or the rest of the region.

Tags: Commentary, FONOPs, Analysis

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

Title:

 China denies harassing Filipino fishermen

Author:

Kristine Angeli Sabillo

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 3, 2017

Description:

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has asked China to respond to reports that it has been harassing Filipino fishermen in South China Sea.

Tags: News, Fishing Disputes

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