Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 US seeks Japan, China aid on Nokor threat

Author:

Manila Bulletin Editorial

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

 March 20, 2017

Description:

The South China Sea has long been the center of our attention in this part of the world, because of the overlapping claims of several nations on parts of the maritime area. When new American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Asia last week, however, it was to seek cooperation to meet the threat posed by North Korea not only to the surrounding countries but also to the US itself.

Tags: US-China Relations, Rex Tillerson, North Korea

Title:

 Panelo: No need to inform DFA of Benham Rise deal

Author:

Paterno Esmaquel II

Source:

Rappler

Date:

 March 18, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, said Duterte did not need to inform the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about his deal with China on Benham Rise.

Tags: News, Benham Rise

Title:

 China says first draft of South China Sea code of conduct ready

Author:

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Philip Wen; Editing by Robert Birsel

Source:

Yahoo News

Date:

 March 13, 2017

Description:

A first draft of a code of conduct for behavior in the disputed South China Sea has been completed, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, adding tension in the waterway had eased notably.

Tags: News, Wang Yi, Code of Conduct

Title:

 Phl to China: Explain ship in Benham Rise

Author:

Janvic Mateo

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 12, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines – through its ambassador to Beijing Jose Santiago Santa Romana – has officially asked China to explain the reported presence of one of its vessels in Benham Rise in the Pacific, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

Tags: News, Benham Rise, Chinese Intrusions

Title:

 China survey ships spotted at Benham Rise

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 10, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - Chinese survey ships have not only conducted oceanographic research at Recto or Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea but also at Benham Rise in the Pacific, which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana bared yesterday.

Tags: News, Benham Rise, Chinese Intrusions, Delfin Lorenzana

Title:

 Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

Author:

Julian Ku, Chris Mirasola

Source:

Lawfare

Date:

 March 7, 2017

Description:

Last week, Chinese media reported that the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has promulgated a summer fishing moratorium that includes many parts of the South China Sea. An arbitral tribunal formed pursuant to the UN Convention for the Law of the Sea decided this past July that a substantially similar 2012 fishing moratorium disregarded the Philippines’ sovereign rights to manage the living resources of its EEZ. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to promulgate a fishing moratorium this summer with these same legal defects confirms that China continues to violate important elements of international maritime law generally and the arbitral tribunal’s award in particular. This moratorium also threatens to undermine the budding China-Philippines rapprochement over their South China Sea disputes.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Arbitration Award, Chinese Ministry of Agriculture Fishing Moratorium in SCS

Title:

 Indo-Russian supersonic missile threatens China’s security

Author:

EMANUELE SCIMIA

Source:

The Asia Times

Date:

 March 2, 2017

Description:

During security consultations held in Beijing on February 21, China and Russia agreed on enhancing communication and collaboration on arms control and non-proliferation and reinforcing their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination – the highest level of diplomatic engagement for China.

Tags: Commentary, India, Russia

Title:

 China drills again near Taiwan as island warns of threat

Author:

Ben Blanchard and J.R. Wu, Reuters

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

 March 2, 2017

Description:

BEIJING/TAIPEI - Chinese jets and warships carried out exercises near Taiwan and into the Western Pacific on Thursday, as the self-ruled island's defense minister warned of a growing threat from its giant neighbor.

Tags: News, Taiwan

Title:

 Sino missile sites don’t alarm Duterte!

Author:

Federico D. Pascual, Jr.

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 February 28, 2017

Description:

WHY the deafening silence of President Rodrigo Duterte over disclosures of updated satellite images showing Chinese missile sites in advanced stages of completion on several areas that it has militarized in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone?

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Militarization, Spratlys